This is a terrible story for a mother and her daughters to share. Ashley Judd‘s new memoir, All That Is Bitter & Sweet, must have stirred up some nasty memories for her mother and sister because their own traumatic stories are surfacing. Ashley’s mother, Naomi, and her sister, Wynonna, were on The View yesterday and revealed some really painful past episodes with abuse. Naomi said, “I never told a single soul until about two years ago we were sitting at our kitchen table with our therapist…and he asked me what was your first memory? And I said ‘well, it was being sexually abused is my first memory.’ He said, ‘why didn’t you tell your mother?’ and then I fell apart because I realized I didn’t trust my mother.”
All three members of the Judd family have been victims of abuse, and while Ashley’s detailing her stories in her book, Naomi and Wynonna are addresses their experiences on their show The Judds. Wynonna has also written a book, Coming Home To Myself, about her history with sexual abuse. None of them are resentful of Ashley writing about their troubled history. Says Naomi, “We’re allowing each of us to have a voice. It’s Ashley’s turn. We all have three different realities of the same car ride to the nightmares we were in.” Wynonna, on the show, said, “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.’” Hopefully all three women will find some peace now that their stories have been told.
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