Evan Rachel Wood Shares Powerful Story Of Sexual Assault Survival
"I will not be ashamed."
If you're anything like us, Westworld has become your whole world over the past few months. At the centre of the excellent television show is Evan Rachel Wood's complicated character, Dolores, who sits somewhere between relatable human and creepy robot. Much like her discerning character, the IRL Evan Rachel Wood isn't afraid to call bullshit on the strange standards that exist in the world. The actress has taken to Twitter to talk candidly about being sexually assaulted and learning to live with the effects of those experiences.
In a confession letter, written as part of a recent interview with Rolling Stone (in which ERW discussed her struggles with sexuality and suicide) the star spoke on the lasting effects of assault and the importance of sharing your story.
"I will not be ashamed. I will also not project some false idea of being completely over it because 'I am so strong'," she wrote.
ERW revealed that she has been sexually assaulted twice — once by a partner and another time by a bar owner — and explained why she didn't come forward with her story either time. Her words send a very important message about the strength that it takes to bring these crimes to light and the factors that contribute to staying silent. They also remind us that it's completely normal to never fully recover from these traumatic events, as ERW explains: "I am standing. I am alive. I am happy. I am strong. But I am still not OK."
Read the powerful letter in full below and head here to check out the Rolling Stone profile.
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