In the upcoming HBO documentary Jagged, Alanis Morissette is said to make underage rape allegations against multiple men.
“It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimization on my part,” said Morissette, 47, in the documentary, which premiered Tuesday at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to the Washington Post.
The singer said, “I would always say I was consenting, and then I’d be reminded like ‘Hey, you were 15, you’re not consenting at 15.’ Now I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, they’re all pedophiles. It’s all statutory rape.'”
In 2008, Canada increased the age of consent from 14 to 16. There is, however, a “close-in-age” provision that legalizes sex between teenagers separated by less than five years “to avoid inadvertently criminalizing consensual sexual activity between young people.”
According to the Post’s preview of the Jagged documentary, the singer did not want to reveal the person behind her hit song “You Oughta Know,” who was one of her abusers.
“I did tell a few people, and it kind of fell on deaf ears,” she reportedly said in the documentary. “It would usually be a stand-up, walk-out-of-the-room moment.”
Morissette also addressed those who may criticize her timing in speaking about the sexual assault. “You know a lot of people say, ‘why did that woman wait 30 years? And I’m like f—k off,” she said in the doc, per the Post. “They don’t wait 30 years. No one was listening, or their livelihood was threatened, or their family was threatened.”
She said, “The whole ‘why do women wait’ thing? Women don’t wait. Our culture doesn’t listen.”
According to the Post, Morissette is apparently not attending the film’s Toronto Film Festival debut on Tuesday for unclear reasons. The film will be broadcast on HBO later this year.
“Of course, I wish Alanis could be there. It was a privilege to make this film, and I’m really proud of it,” said Alison Klayman, the film’s director. “Hopefully, there will be other opportunities in the future for her to come to film events.”