Fifty Shades star Dakota Johnson launches podcast for sexual assault victims

Dakota Johnson has launched a podcast for victims of sexual assault.

The 29-year-old actress gave out her phone number at the Global Citizen Festival last year as she encouraged women and girls to call her to share their experiences with her, and now she has launched The Left Ear as a platform for the stories to be heard.

Actress Dakota Johnson
Actress Dakota Johnson

Taking to Instagram, she said: “One year ago I asked women and girls around the world to call me and leave a voicemail telling their stories of sexual violence, harassment, and gender-based inequalities. I didn’t want to speak on their behalf, I wanted to listen to them.

“This is The Left Ear. A podcast where you will find the voicemails I listened to. To protect anonymity the voices have been slightly pitched, and any identifiers have been removed.”

“By listening with your heart, you can save someone even just a little bit.”

— Dakota Johnson

The Fifty Shades star urged listeners to “take care” if they chose to listen to the podcast, as she admitted the stories shared can be “very intense”.

Dakota also revealed that the name of the podcast comes from the idea that people can “save someone” by “listening with your heart”.

She continued: “Your left ear is the ear closest to your heart. And by listening with your heart, you can save someone even just a little bit.”

The first episode of The Left Ear is now live, with a new podcast to follow every Monday from October 7.