I’m a sex assault survivor, says JK Rowling amid trans row

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I’m a sex assault survivor, says JK Rowling amid trans row

Writer shares details of her painful past as she faces a barrage of criticism over her ‘people who menstruate’ comments

Anita Singh

JK Rowling said she was a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, as she explained why she felt so strongly about women’s rights.

The Harry Potter author was denounced as “anti-trans” over her defence of single-sex spaces and her comments about gender identity. This week she faced a backlash after taking issue with an article that referred to “people who menstruate” rather than “women”. Stars including Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter in the films, and Eddie Redmayne, the star of Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts films, distanced themselves from her comments.

In response to the row, Rowling published an essay on Wednesday in which she spoke of her first marriage to Jorge Arantes, a Portuguese journalist. She also referred to a serious sexual assault that happened in her 20s...

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