Get these animals behind bars, so they don't do it again
– Joan Collins wants people who have been abused to speak out
In a British TV exclusive, Joan Collins spoke to Phillip and Amanda for the first time since speaking out about her rape ordeal at 17.
Joan said, “I decided that I would [speak out] about it because I found it absolutely astonishing and horrifying when I heard about the number of rapes that occur all the time - 85,000 rapes a year just in Britain alone - and I think it’s five times that in America and women are too frightened to come out and admit it.”
As a teenage actress, Joan Collins was drugged and raped by the actor Maxwell Reed. Ashamed by what had happened, and having lost her virginity to him, Joan married her attacker.
Joan said: "I, myself at the age of 17, felt so guilty, so responsible and I thought ‘this is my fault’... and of course I was drugged. And I didn’t know what to do. I had no idea of the facts of life. At 17, I was the equivalent of an eight year old today. I had no experience of men whatsoever."
Don’t let it happen… go to the police
– Joan Collins
As part of a Netflix documentary, Joan has spoken for the first time on camera about what happened that night, hoping that other rape victims will come forward.
Joan said: "I wanted to do something to help women and wanted to say don’t let it happen… go to the police, go to your social worker, and if you are abused in your own home then go to a refuge."