It was a couple weeks ago that Abigail Breslin revealed that she was raped. She broke her silence during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and took to Instagram to post some powerful words about consent, and how even if you know someone, if you don’t want to have sex with that person but are forced to, that’s not OK. She captioned the message with four sad words.
Two days ago, Breslin posted some devastating facts about rape and how out of every 1,000 rapes, 994 perpetrators will walk free.
Instead of being shocked by those stats, someone commented that “reported rapes are the only rapes that count.” And that propelled Breslin to open herself up more in another post, where she chronicled her own rape by a man with whom she was in a relationship. She further explained why she decided not to come forward, and how the abuse has impacted her life.
Breslin didn’t want to burden her loved ones with the awful news, so she did what many rape victims do — she buried it deep, suppressing it and pretending it never happened. Sometimes that seems easier, sweeping it under the rug to try and forget, but it leaves a person open to all kinds of emotional turmoil. Which is what happened to Abigail.
A year and a half ago, the actress was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Since the incident, she’s “made a lot of progress” but admits she still has flashbacks and nightmares, and freaks if someone touches her unexpectedly.
Like Breslin says, whether a rape is reported or not, they all count. Here’s hoping her road to recovery gets her to a better place.