Evan Rachel Wood Shares Open Letter on Past Sexual Assault: 'I Will Not Be Ashamed'
"I don't believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer."
Evan Rachel Wood, who currently stars on HBO's sci-fi western hit Westworld and is half of the electro-pop duo Rebel and a Basketcase, revealed in a recent interview with Rolling Stone that she had been sexually assaulted twice in her past.
In the Nov. 17 interview, the actress spoke about past abuse that she described only as "physical, psychological, sexual." She later detailed the abuse further in an email to the reporter that she sent the day after the U.S. presidential election. "Yes," she wrote. "I've been raped. By a significant other while we were together. And on a separate occasion, by the owner of a bar ... I don't believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer. Not given the state our world is in with its blatant bigotry and sexism."
On Monday, Wood shared the "confession letter" she sent to the magazine in its entirety.
"Well, since everything is out in the open now, figured I would share the confession letter I wrote to @RollingStone in its entirety. #NotOk," she posted with the letter to her Twitter account.
Wood, 29, has been open about her bisexuality since 2011 and her suicide attempt at age 22. In her letter, Wood claims the past assaults were "one of the many factors" that contributed to the attempt to take her own life.
Westworld has also been in the headlines recently for its depictions of sexual violence. Wood plays Dolores, a highly advanced android at a futuristic amusement park who is almost indecipherable from a human being and is often victim to the violent urges of the visiting guests. The pilot episode shows her being dragged against her will into a barn by the murderous Man in Black (Ed Harris).
Wood defended the show's violence to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, "I don't like gratuitous violence against women at all, but I would wait for the context in which it's being used. As the show progresses, the way it's being used is very much a commentary and a look at our humanity and why we find these things entertaining and why this is an epidemic, and flipping it on its head."
The actress is also aware of the stigma many women face when coming forward with their experiences with sexual assault, addressing them in her letter. "I think deep down, I also didn't want to be accused of doing it for attention," she wrote, adding, "I will not be ashamed."
Read her letter in its entirety below:
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter