I was raped at age 8 but law does not protect

Award-winning dancer Andréa Bescond whose show about child abuse is transferring to London

Play inspired by victim's story wins France’s national theatre award and invites reworking of French rape laws

Dancer Andréa Bescond dances to ‘repair’ herself. “From the age of 8, I was repeatedly raped by a family friend. I was broken and need to repair myself but I don’t need healing, because I wasn’t ill,” she said.

She suppressed the traumatic memories, which gradually came back in flash-backs.

At age 21 she accused her rapist, who was given a 10-year sentence and she has gone on to build a successful career – last year she was made Chevalière de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. However as well as choreographing and dancing she is also committed to changing French law, which she considers too lax.

“France is so backward concerning child abuse: 81% of sexual offences against minors happen in their homes, and the law as it stand does not protect them. Too many ...

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