Hollywood actress CHARLIZE THERON has risked the wrath of women's rights campaigners by comparing life in the Hollywood spotlight to rape.
During an interview with Sky News, the Oscar-winning actress was asked whether she reads coverage of herself on the Internet and she insisted she tries to avoid looking up stories online.
She went on to compare coverage of her private life to being sexually violated, saying, "I don't do that (Google myself). So that's my saving grace. I think it's when you start living in that world and doing that that you start... I guess feeling raped."
Theron, who adopted a son in 2012, recently hit headlines when her new relationship with actor Sean Penn became public, but the Monster star explains she tries to keep her family time private and doesn't understand why some celebrities publicize their personal lives.
She adds, "When it comes to your son and your private life (I keep it private), maybe that's just me, some people might relish in all of that kind of stuff (but) there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred and I'm very protective over them, that doesn't mean I always win that war, but as long as I don't have to see that stuff or read that stuff or hear that stuff... Then I can live with my head in a clear space. That's probably a lot healthier...
"My job has made my live incredibly blessed and good and I am very grateful for that but that doesn't mean that every aspect of my life becomes fodder for an article. I try to protect that as much as I can."
Twilight actress Kristen Stewart issued a public apology in 2010 after she made remarks comparing the media intrusion in her life to sexual assault, while veteran star Kim Novak was criticized by women's groups after she used the word "rape" when talking about the similarities between The Artist's film score and the music from her 1958 classic Vertigo.