Abigail Breslin Shared the Reason Why She Didn't Report Her Sexual Assault. 24/4/2017
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t takes immense courage and bravery to share intensely personal and distressing parts of your life, and anyone who decides to open up about topics like sexual assault deserves to have their story heard and to be commended for their actions. In this case, Abigail Breslin has opened up about reporting sexual assault, and what she has to say is so important.
Earlier this month, Breslin shared her experience with sexual assault in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The actress, who is set to star in the upcoming Dirty Dancing remake, offered some moving and powerful words about consent on Instagram, noting that just because you’re in a relationship or married doesn’t automatically mean that consent has been given.
In the post, Breslin noted that she herself had been the victim of a sexual assault, stating that she had known her assailant. The message echoes RAINN’s statistics that seven out of 10 sexual assaults are committed by someone who knew the victim.
Now in a follow-up post, Breslin has shared more details about her experiences, and explained why she didn’t report the crime at the time.
First, the Little Miss Sunshine actor shared a shocking infographic created by RAINN that details how out of 1000 rapes that occur, 994 perpetrators will walk free.
Giving her next post a trigger warning, the 21-year-old responded to a comment that stated that “reported rapes are the only rapes that count.” Breslin then gave the reasons why she didn’t report the crime committed against her.
“Firstly,” she wrote, “I was in complete shock and total denial. I didn’t want to view myself as a ‘victim,’ so I suppressed it and pretended that it never happened.
“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 would hurt me even more.
“Thirdly, I knew how hurt my friends and family would be after finding out, and I didn’t want to put them through that.”