Evan Rachel Wood shared the details of her multiple rape experiences, and the impact they’ve had on her life. The Westworld actress spoke before Congress to advocate for the passage of the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act, which would write protections for those who suffer emotional and physical sexual abuse due to assault, harassment and rape into the law. “I would like to say to my attackers that I don’t hate you — I feel sorry for you. I’m not here to shame you, I want to understand you, and I want you to understand me, but you have to listen first,” she stated. Wood, 30, went into even greater detail while speaking on behalf of “25 million survivors in the U.S.”
“Seven years after my rapes — plural — I was diagnosed with long-term PTSD. I struggled with depression, addiction, agoraphobia, night terrors. I struggled with self-harm to the point of two suicide attempts, which landed me in a psychiatric hospital for a short period of time.”
Time reports that the Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights Act ensures that survivors are given free rape kit tests after their assault and then informed of the results and notified 60 days prior to the destruction of the kit, with the option to preserve all evidence through the statute of limitations. You can read the Bill of Rights Act in full HERE.