"The Minute That I Read That, Everything Fell Into Place:" Jane Fonda's Mother Underwent 9 Abortions Before Having The Actress

August 2, 2019

The bond between a mother and her daughter is beyond the physical, and even when they are not so close, something still resonates.

This was the case of Hollywood icon, Jane Fonda. Her life journey wasn't smooth as her mother was emotionally distant from her until her demise.

The actress always felt like she wasn't loved, but it was until she found out in a magazine that her mum battled bipolar disorder. That revelation changed how Jane saw herself as she soon realized that it wasn't her or her mother's fault.

Speaking about her experience, Jane said to PEOPLE:

"If you have a parent who is not capable of showing up, not capable of reflecting you back through eyes of love, it has a big impact on your sense of self."

The tragic experience

The 81-year-old actress lived her life supporting rape victims and only realized, as an adult, that her mother was also one.

The big revelation happened in 2014. When Jane was giving a speech at a fundraising party for rape victims' charity, the legendary actress shared details of the tragedy her mother, Frances‎ Ford Seymour, had been through.

Frances was sexually abused repeatedly from age 8, which was why she exhibited suicidal tendencies and unchaste attributes.

"The minute that I read that, everything fell into place. I knew the reason for the promiscuity, the endless plastic surgery, the guilt, the inability to love or be intimate, and I was able to forgive her and forgive myself."

Jane had all the answers after getting an insight into her mother's medical records and realizing that she had nine abortions before having Jane at 29.

Frances died at the age of 42 when Jane was twelve years old, and Jane is even more determined to help as many rape victims as she can. She pledged:

"I will support the Rape Treatment Center for the rest of my life."

What to do if you're abused

Victims of abuse are usually wary about discussing their issues, which makes it impossible to help them. Nonetheless, with the following guides, you can help yourself and others who might be facing abuse.

  • Decide what you want to do about it. Although it might be hard, deciding to change things is the only way for the situation to become better;

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  • Discuss your experience with professionals if need be;
  • Protect yourself, emotionally, and physically;
  • Make contingency plans in case of an emergency.

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Any form of abuse is a threat to both the victim and their friends and family. We are glad that Jane knows the truth about her mother and can finally move on.