On Tuesday Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood sat down in front of a House judiciary subcommittee to testify and share her extremely personal story of sexual assault survival. According to Wood, she suffered years of abuse at the hands of her partner. As she explained, "It started slow but escalated over time, including threats against my life, severe gaslighting and brainwashing, [and] waking up to the man that claimed to love me raping what he believed to be my unconscious body. She then shared more of her own truth when she revealed to Congress that she had been hospitalized twice following attempted suicides. The Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights Act, Business Insider reported, currently provides assault survivors with specific rights at a federal level, however, it does not provide those rights for certain cases at the state level. Futhermore, committee chairman Bob Goodlatte explained that the legislation assured that in federal cases "a victim would have the right to have their rape kit preserved for the duration of the statute of limitations or up to 20 years; a victim would not have to pay for their own forensic examination; a victim would be informed of any results of their forensic examination; would be provided with written policies on forensic testing kits; and finally, would be informed before their sexual assault examination kit was destroyed and be permitted to request further preservation. As Wood stated, "[This bill is] the recognition of basic civil rights for sexual assault survivors and serves as a first step. It's a safety net that may help save someone's life one day. Topics sexual assault evan rachel wood.
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Zack Sharf. Wood spoke candidly about her experiences with being a victim and the PTSD that resulted from her abuse. The actress said that she felt like she could die when she was raped, and she candidly discussed about being assaulted the first time taught her to disassociate from her body during future moments of abuse. It started slow but escalated over time, including threats against my life, severe gaslighting and brainwashing, [and] waking up to the man that claimed to love me raping what he believed to be my unconscious body. And the worst part: Sick rituals of binding me up by my hands and feet to be mentally and physically tortured until my abuser felt I had proven my love for them.
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The Westworld actress told Congress the Me Too and Time's Up movements have spurred "waves of memories" of her own assaults. The year-old then likened two instances of sexual assault and violence to "a mental scar that I feel every day. In this moment, while I was tied up and being beaten, and being told unspeakable things, I truly felt like I could die, not just because my abuser said to me, 'I could kill you right now,' but because in that moment I felt like I left my body, and I was too afraid to run.
Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood has given powerful testimony to Congress in the US about her experiences as the victim of violent sexual assault. She said she was raped by an ex-partner while unconscious and was "mentally and physically tortured until my abuser felt I had proven my love for them". The actress, 30, is known for playing Dolores Abernathy as well as roles in Mildred Pierce and Thirteen. Never Stop Fighting. She told the House Judiciary Subcommittee she had been subjected to "toxic mental, physical and sexual abuse", which had "altered the course of my life".