‘Westworld’ actress Evan Rachel Wood uncovers she was raped, shares inspiring message

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With a bright illuminate being shown on her once again thanks to HBO’s Westworld, Evan Rachel Wood is not shying away from speaking out.

Wood revealed details about her former relationship with Marilyn Manson, career moves, and her sexuality in an interview with Rolling Stone but also took some time to share her painful experience with “physical, psychological, sexual” abuse and rape she experienced when younger.

The actress posted the full email she sent the RS reporter to Twitter, courageously expanding upon the article’s summation of her experience.

“Well, since everything is out in the open now, figured I would share the confession letter I wrote to Rolling Stone in its entirety, ” she said.

Wood explains her initial hesitance in sharing that she was raped, explaining she did not want to be accused of speaking out for attention or face commentaries that belittled her traumatic experience.

“I don’t believe we live in a hour where people can stay silent any longer, ” she wrote. “I certainly can’t. Not given the country our world is in with it’s blatant bigotry and sexism.”

“Yes. I have been raped, ” she clarified to the Rolling Stone reporter and fans. “By a significant other while we were together, and on a separate occasion, by the owner of a bar.”

In thepiece, Wood explains that at 22 years old, she attempted suicide. The sexual assault she experienced was before this, and in the email she explains that it may have factored into her attempt.

“I am still standing. I am alive. I am happy. I am strong. But I’m still not ok, ” she continued before explaining that the “pressure to merely get over it should be lifted.”

After bravely sharing her story, Wood announced she would be stepping away from social media for some time. “Thank you for your support and courageous tales, ” she wrote. “You are not alone.”

If you have experienced sexual assault, you can call the free, confidential National Sexual Assault hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE( 4673 ), or access 24 -7 help online by visiting hotline.rainn.org . If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thinks, text the Crisis Text Line a t 741 -7 41 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this listing is a good place to start .

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