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Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Ashley Judd discusses new memoir, childhood abuse

(Ashley Judd on “Today.” (Peter Kramer/AP))
Actress Ashley Judd is opening up about her childhood and advocacy work in a new memoir, “All That Is Bitter and Sweet.” Although the book focuses on her work worldwide with people in poverty, she discusses the sexual abuse she endured as a child and her parents’ divorce.

When asked about the sexual abuse she survived, Judd said she feels “super comfortable” talking about the abuse because she is not alone in the experience. Judd, who suffered from anxiety and depression stemming from her childhood, said she was “given the gift of my own recovery” and had to share the “uncomfortable things” that have happened in her life that led her to need help. Judd comes from a famous family, including country singer sister Wynonna and mother Naomi, and said she has a great relationship with her parents. “I’m really grateful for my mother’s exquisitely gracious attitude towards my right to share my narrative,” Judd said.

Judd will appear on “The View” today. Check back in for video of the interview.

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