Naomi and Wynonna Judd have responded to Ashley Judd’s recent revelations in her new memoir, “All That Is Bitter & Sweet,” that she was sexually abused as a child and neglected.
“I’m a single working mother and I’m raising two teenagers and we’re breaking the cycle with this generation, because in our family, we’re not terminally unique, we’re just like every other family, we have the same issues, [but] ours are microscopically looked at,” Wynonna, who documented her own abuse in her 2007 book, “Coming Home To Myself,” told the ladies of “The View” on Thursday. “People are trying to almost pit us against each other and I want to come out and say, ‘Listen, we agree to disagree in our family, but we show up and support each other for who we are.’”
Barbara Walters asked Naomi if she felt her daughter was neglected, as Ashley claimed in her book.
“In a way, I do, but the thing I want to acknowledge is I adore my daughter, these two girls and my husband, of course, Larry, are the joy of my life and I support Ashley,” Naomi said.
The Judds are currently promoting their documentary series, “The Judds,” which premieres on The Oprah Winfrey Network on Sunday. In the show, Naomi, shockingly admits to having been abused herself as a child.
“My first memory is when I was 3-and-a-half and a man was trying to sexually abuse me,” Naomi said in a clip of “The Judds,” featured on “The View.” “That was my very first memory that I can remember everything about it.
“I never told a single soul until about three years ago,” Naomi added.
As for Ashley, she appeared in New York City at More Magazine’s launch of her memoir on Wednesday night, and she told Access Hollywood she has received support from her friends and family.
“I’ve received an extraordinary amount of support,” Ashley told Access. “I really have and I’m very grateful for it, it’s been very validating and is deeply appreciated.”
Beyond Ashley’s sexual abuse, her memoir stems from work she did abroad and the stories she saw while traveling the globe.
“The book is very much the diaries that I’ve been keeping since I started international feminist social justice work in 2004,” she told Access. “I started in Cambodia and then went to Thailand, my next trips were to Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, and since then I’ve actually been to 13 countries around the world, Congo repeatedly, and in order to process what I was seeing and to cope with the fact that I was choosing to expose myself to human rights atrocities, I had to find a way basically to survive… because what I was seeing in brothels and slums and refuge camps and hospices, I didn’t have a place to put it in my brain. I didn’t have enough space in my heart for it, it was so outstanding and shattering.”
As for Wynonna’s own abuse, she explained to “The View” panel why she and her mother addressed the issue in the upcoming “The Judds” docu-series.
“I am so sick and tired of the problem being discussed on TV, I want to be part of the solution,” Wynonna said.
And in her own way, Ashley is doing the same.
“The things that I went through… are completely common in this country, you know a family system that for some years didn’t work very well and the kinds of things that happen in families that don’t work very well happen to all of us,” Ashley said. “And…I found my own recovery.”
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