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Joanne Froggatt wins Golden Globe, recognizes rape victims in heartfelt acceptance speech

"I'd just like to say I heard you, and I hope saying this so publicly means in some way you feel the world hears you," Froggatt said during her acceptance speech, referring to how she wanted to give a voice to a rape survivor who contacted her about the sexual assault storyline on "Downton Abbey."

By Karen Butler
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Joanne Froggatt wins Golden Globe, recognizes rape victims in heartfelt acceptance speech
Joanne Froggatt appears backstage with the award he won for his role in " Downton Abbey" during the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on January 11, 2015. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Joanne Froggatt won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress on TV for her work on the costume drama Downton Abbey.

"Wow! Oh, my goodness! This is the most shocking moment of my life," Froggatt declared before giving a shout-out to actress Kathy Bates for being so gracious when she approached her as a fan earlier in the evening.

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She then thanked the show's creator and writer Julian Fellowes for giving her "the responsibility of this storyline," referring to how her married, 1920s-era housemaid character Anna Bates was raped in Season 4 of the series.

"After this storyline aired, I received a small number of letters from survivors of rape and one woman summed up the thoughts of many by saying she wasn't sure why she had written, but she just felt in some way she wanted to be heard," Froggatt said. "And I'd just like to say I heard you and I hope saying this so publicly means in some way you feel the world hears you."

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