In recent years, violence against women has never been so headline news. The subject is echoed in the media but also on the Web, allowing victims to finally dare to speak and, sometimes, even to file a complaint. The novelist Katherine Pancol is sensitive to the subject since she herself has been raped several times.

Invited Wednesday August 12, 2020 from Europe 1, in the program of Pascale Clark, the 65-year-old novelist has agreed to come back to these painful memories which are part of her construction as a woman. “I was raped at the age of 12, I was raped afterwards. At the time, we didn’t talk about it. And if we did talk about it, we didn’t believe you. I wonder if it It’s not a bit the case yet. We listen to some people and not others. There are a lot of cases where we don’t hear, because it’s very embarrassing to have someone tell you that ” , said Katherine Pancol. Unfortunately, even today it is very difficult for women victims of sexual assault to file a complaint. There is the feeling of shame but also the Stations of the Cross to register your complaint and be taken seriously …

Katherine Pancol, to whom we owe in particular the enormous success The yellow eyes of crocodiles, managed to get her head held high from this trauma and these rapes helped to build the woman she has become over time. “You make your own reconciliation with yourself. You say to yourself, ‘I’m going to live despite this. I will grow up despite this.’ (…) I did not die of it. It built me ​​somewhere, it ultimately gave me enormous strength, and sometimes I tell myself that I got out of it. (… ) If I had not experienced everything I have experienced in my life, I would be a lot less funny, oddly, because I put a lot into perspective, “she added.