Evan Rachel Wood admits she was raped twice many years ago. She then quit Twitter to take a break from social media.
The Westworld star first bared her painful experience in an email to Rolling Stone. But the magazine printed only a portion of the email, the Perez Hilton blog reported.
Wood then decided to post the entire email on her Twitter account with this brief note: “Well, since everything is out in the open now, figured I would share the confession letter I wrote to @RollingStone in its entirety. #NotOk.”
“So, to answer you blunt question bluntly. Yes, I have been raped,” the Westworld star confessed in her emailed letter to Rolling Stone.
A ‘significant other’ raped Wood while they were still together. The second time, a bar owner raped her.
The first time, she was not sure a sexual assault by a partner can be considered rape. She did realize it was, but it was too late. She did not report the rape because she felt “no one would believe her.”
Evan Rachel Wood Thought It Was Her Fault
She also blamed herself for the second rape. “I thought it was my fault. And that I should have fought back more. But I was scared,” Wood recalled.
On hindsight, she realized that neither rape was her fault, not were this okay. “This was all before I tried to commit suicide,” she says. The factors that lead to her suicide attempt include the sexual assaults she went through.
Why come out now? “I don’t believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer. I certainly can’t,” explains Wood. She pointed at the state of the world, where “blatant bigotry and sexism” prevail.
People should openly discuss the issue of rape. For a long time, this issue had been swept under the rug as a non-event. “And I will not accept this as ‘normal,’” Evan Rachel Wood stressed.
Rape Trauma Stays For A Long Time
She admits she was not upfront with her experiences. She remained silent for several reasons. First, she did not want to make it a sob story. For her, she there was no need to confirm what happened. It just did.
Furthermore, Wood did not want others to think she’s looking for attention. She didn’t want others telling her the incident ‘wasn’t a big deal’ or ‘that’s not really rape.’
But Wood has since realized rape should not be kept a secret. She now states, “I will not be ashamed.”
She admits though that people tend to brush aside sexual assaults. Instead, they tell rape victims to get over the experience and move on.
Wood then urged people to realize that with rape, the damage has been done. “… The trauma of a few minutes can turn into a lifetime of fighting for yourself,” she said.
Speaking of her experiences, Wood concedes she she’s alive, happy and strong. “But I am still not okay.”
“It’s not that you can’t get over it. It’s just that you are never the same. Or maybe I just haven’t gotten there yet.”