JK Rowling has responded to criticism over comments she made surrounding gender identities.
In a blog post on Wednesday, the Harry Potter author said her experience of domestic abuse and sexual assault was part of the reason she was motivated to speak out about sex and gender issues.
She wrote: “I’ve been in the public eye now for over 20 years and have never talked publicly about being a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor.
“This isn’t because I’m ashamed those things happened to me, but because they're traumatic to revisit and remember.
“I’m mentioning these things now not in an attempt to garner sympathy, but out of solidarity with the huge numbers of women who have histories like mine, who’ve been slurred as bigots for having concerns around single-sex spaces.”
Ms Rowling also referenced her interest in education and safeguarding and free speech in her reasoning.
The author faced a fierce backlash and accusations of transphobia earlier this week when she commented on an online article discussing “people who menstruate”.
She tweeted: “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Actress Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the series film franchise, has joined fellow Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Eddie Redmayne in publicly disagreeing with the author.
The 30-year-old tweeted: “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are.”
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