Jennifer Garner Makes Passionate Plea To Change Rape Culture

Jennifer Garner made her first public appearance since finalizing her divorce from Ben Affleck over the weekend. She took the opportunity as honoree at The Rape Foundation’s Annual Brunch Sunday to strongly denounce the rape culture she sees as the norm in society. "It is so evident that we need to change the attitudes and conditions and the culture that renders so many victims silent and alone with their trauma," the Peppermint actress, 46, said in her remarks. "We must make a commitment as a community and as a country to ensure that there are always safe places for victims to turn to for help." She called the Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House "beacons of hope in a time that calls us to seek out and move as one towards light, where victims are heard and believed and their stories are proven to be true." Garner asked attendees to "Imagine the cultural shift when belief is the norm and sexual assault is no longer a crime committed with impunity." Her comments come after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford claimed then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. He was confirmed by the Senate to the Supreme Court on October 6th. The process has led to many people, including celebrities like Busy Philipps, Lili Reinhart, Padma Lakshmi, Alyssa Milano and Ellen DeGeneres to share their sexual assault stories.