Marcia Clark Opens Up About Being A Rape Survivor In Recent Interview
In an extensive, tell-all interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Marcia Clark reveals that being a rape survivor was why she decided to pursue law in the first place. The former prosecutor is back in the spotlight due to the popularity of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: The People VS O.J. Simpson, which Marcia herself has described as so accurate that it’s “hard to watch.”
While visiting Israel, Clark, (then Marcia Kleks), was raped. She was 17 at the time.
“He seemed totally harmless,” she says. “I let my gut be overridden, and afterward he says, ‘I’ll walk you back.’ I didn’t want him to walk me back, so we’re sitting outside and talking, and the wind — it was what they call hamsin, a very hot and dry wind — was blowing, like the Santa Ana winds but 10 times worse. And so the wind is screaming past our ears, and we were screaming, and we couldn’t hear each other. At some point, he said: ‘Why don’t you come to my room? I’ll play you some music. I feel like a big brother to you. I’ll teach you all the fun things to do around here.’ And, idiot that I was, I went.”
“I said, ‘Well, I think I’ve got to go,’ ” she continues, “and I start to head for the door, and then he grabbed me and said, ‘You’re not going anywhere.’ He sucker punched me, threw me on the bed. And I screamed and screamed, and he laughed and laughed and said, ‘No one can hear you.’ And they couldn’t.”
In the interview, Clark explains that she battled with thoughts of suicide after the incident. Once she regained strength, she abandoned her ambitions to be an actress and began dedicating her life to law.
Clark goes into detail with Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Galloway regarding her life after losing “the trail of the century.” She understandably wrestled with depression and debilitating doubt following the verdict.
“Everything I believed in was shredded.”
This interview is in no way a compiled list of lows for Clark. She has mustered up the strength to raise two boys, write four novels, and walk away from the Church Of Scientology in 1980 without looking back. Clark comments on how she was initual drawn to the Church’s ideals.
“It’s actually really instructive at the beginning because it’s the greatest hits of the best of meditation and all the best of psychology. It melds it all together, and it’s very helpful. Once you get past that and you start talking about the mythology …” She shrugs. As to founder L. Ron Hubbard’s writing: “Bad, isn’t it?” she says. “It’s so amateur hour.”
After reading the interview, I think you’ll agree that this women is in no way a loser , despite dated headlines. She’s a survivor.