Westworld actor, Evan Rachel Wood has left social media after sharing the story of her rape and suicide attempt with the world.
The 29-year-old actor, who plays Dolores Abernathy in HBO‘s dark television epic, wrote an open ‘confession letter’ to the public stating she had been raped twice, on two different occasions by two men she knew personally.
The full interview appeared in Rolling Stone magazine and Wood has since shared her statement on Twitter.
— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) November 28, 2016
So, to answer your blunt question bluntly, yes. I have been raped. By a significant other when we were together, and on a separate occasion, by the owner of a bar.
The actor eloquently expresses the fears of many rape victims, saying, ‘Who would believe me’, ‘I thought it was my fault and that I should have fought back more’ and ‘I also didn’t want to be accused of doing it for attention, or told it wasn’t a big deal’.
After some years passed, Wood – with hindsight and happiness – now understands these fears were a product of society – and her open letter is a brave and conscious attempt to try and change that.
I will not be ashamed. 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. Not given the state our world is in with its blatant bigotry and sexism.
Wood also opened up about her suicide attempt, linking her depression to the two incidents of rape which occurred in her early 20s.
Speaking out, echoing so many people who have survived rape, Wood added:
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 the pressure to just get over it already should be lifted.
Wood, who came out as bisexual in 2012, has born the brunt of both everyday sexism and the institutionalised misogyny in Hollywood.
The brave actress’ story is woefully reminiscent of Dolores Abernathy’s; the character she plays in Westworld.
The comparison audiences have drawn proves once and for all that rape culture is not a fiction we can brush off any longer.