In her August cover story for Marie Claire, on newsstands Tuesday (July 19), Amy Schumer opened up about her first time having sex, revealing the experience was "not a good one." Sadly, hers is a narrative too many women share.
The comedian, who lost her virginity at age 17, revealed she didn't realize the incident wasn't exactly consensual until years later.
"I didn't think about it until I started reading my journal again," she told Marie Claire.
"When it happened, I wrote about it almost like a throwaway. It was like, 'And then I looked down and realized he was inside of me. He was saying, 'I'm so sorry' and 'I can't believe I did this.'"
According to the Huffington Post, who obtained a full copy of the article, Schumer revealed this wasn't a singular incident.
"I had another time with a boyfriend where I was saying, ‘No, stop,’ and it was just completely ignored," she said.
Though she doesn't refer to herself as a victim in the piece, she also spoke on the prevalence of victim-blaming in our culture and how common her experiences are among women.
“You know, with the rape survivor, it’s not just shaming, it’s fury,” she said. “It makes people so mad if you’re not a perfect victim.”
Schumer choosing to share her experiences now is an important testimony to the fact there is no set timeline for healing and coping processes when it comes to sexual assault. Especially in a culture that fails to properly inform youth about consent, it's all too common for victims to not fully realize the extent of what they experienced for months or even years.
On a semi-lighter note, I think we can now safely add sexual assault advocacy to Schumer's path from vagina jokes to political wokeness. Speak all the truth, Ames.