Evan Rachel Wood, the bisexual actress currently starring on a new HBO show, recently spoke out about her two sexual assaults. For the first time, Wood is opening up about surviving rape in a letter she sent to Rolling Stone magazine.
The actress plays the frighteningly human robot, Dolores, on the science fiction fantasy hit, Westworld. In the letter she also mentions her suicide attempt, stating that it was the “best-worst thing that ever happened to me. ‘Cause it did not work.”
She says that she didn’t speak about the times she was raped because “I had the urge not to make it a sob story, to not make it about me.” But she said that what happened to her “still affects me to this day.”
Wood also felt that if she was open about her rape, people may think that she was just seeking attention or undermine her story by claiming that it wasn’t a “real” rape.
But the actress no longer cares what others think of her. “I will not be ashamed,” Wood says. “I will also not project some false idea of being completely over it because ‘I am so strong.’”
‘I don’t believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer. I certainly can’t.’
The star feels rape has become too common and too easily glassed over, which is absolutely unacceptable.
It “is swept under the rug as nothing and I will not accept this as ‘normal’.”
She continues: “It’s a serious problem. I am still standing. I am alive. I am happy. I am strong. But I am still not ok. I think it’s important for people to know that, for survivors to own that, and that the pressure to just get over it already, should be lifted.”
Woods adds: “It will remind people of the damage that has been done and how the trauma of a few minutes can turn into a lifetime of fighting for yourself. It’s not that you can’t get over it, it’s just that you are never the same, of maybe I just haven’t gotten there yet. So to answer your blunt question bluntly, Yes. I have been raped. By a significant other while we were together, and on a separate occasion, by the owner of a bar. The first time I was unsure that if it was done by a partner it was still in fact rape, until too late.”
Let’s hope that the light Evan Rachel Wood is shedding on this important issue actually raises awareness and allows other victims to have their voices heard.