Rape is one of the horrible crimes against humanity. The pain and trauma it left on the person are hard to forget, however, not everyone is able to speak about it openly because of being a rape victim. One such American actress and singer Abigail Breslin did the same but now she is opening up about the ordeal. Breslin explained she did not report her rape for several reasons.
“I did not report my rape. I didn’t report it because of many reasons. First off, I was in complete shock and total denial. I didn’t want to view myself as a victim so I suppressed it and pretended it never happened," said Breslin.
“Second of all, I was in a relationship with my rapist and feared not being believed. I also feared that if my case didn’t lead anywhere, he would still find out and hurt me even more. Third, I knew how hurt my family and friends would be after finding out and I didn’t want to put them through that,” she added.
“I was diagnosed with PTSD a year and a half ago. I have made a lot of progress since the event occurred, but I won’t pretend it isn’t something I struggle with. I still have flashbacks, I still get nightmares, I still jump when somebody touches me unexpectedly, even if it’s my best friend tapping me on the shoulder,” Breslin explained.
The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and several people feel empowered to open up about the abuse they have suffered and share their stories publicly. Breslin in one of the Instagram posts said: “you are not obligated to have sex with someone that you’re in a relationship with, dating is not consent, marriage is not consent.” Her caption read: “I knew my assailant.”