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Actress Ashley Judd is lending her support to a new legislation in the US that aims to stop violence against women.

The Population Services International ambassador is backing the International Violence Against Women Act, a five-year plan to prevent violence against women in countries around the world.

“I’ve spent an awful lot of time in brothels, more than I care to recall,” she said. “What I have learned is that gender-based violence is not deviant and perverted and the acts of a few monstrous individuals. What I would posit is that that kind of violence against women is really the norm, and once we accept it’s the norm, then we can broaden the scope of the solutions that we’re willing to throw at the problem.”

The I-VAWA legislation was put forward by both the Democratic and Republican parties during the last congressional session.

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