Evan Rachel Wood, best known for her appearances on American Gothic and Westworld, has opened up on Twitter about her experience of being raped on two different occasions and a subsequent suicide attempt. 


Wood starts by explaining why she didn't report either of the attacks to police or open up about them earlier.

"I started questioning my reasons for staying vague about my experiences as a girl growing up in America."

"I think, like a lot of women, I had the urge to not make it a sob story, to make it about me."

"I didn't have to confirm what happened, what mattered is that s**t happened. Bad. S**t. That still still affects me to this day."

"I think deep down, I also didn't want to be accused of doing it for attention, or told it 'wasn't a big deal', or that 'that's not really rape.'"


She goes on to explain why she finally decided to break her silence.

"I will not be ashamed. I will also not project some false idea of being over it because 'I am so strong.'"

"I don't believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer. I certainly can't. Not given the state the world is in with its blatant bigotry and sexism."

"It should be talked about because its swept under the rug as nothing and I will not accept this as 'normal.'" It's a serious problem.

"I am still standing. I am still alive. I am happy. I am strong. But I am still not OK."

"I think it's important for people to know that, for survivors to own that, and that the pressure to just get over it already, should be lifted."

"It will remind people of the damage that has been done and how the trauma of a few minutes can turn into a lifetime of fighting for yourself."

"It's not that you can't get over it, its just that you are never the same, or maybe I just haven't gotten there yet."


Wood then went into more detail about the incidents.

"So to answer your blunt question bluntly, yes. I have been raped. By a significant other while we were together, and on a separate occasion, by the owner of a bar."


Wood finishes by explaining how she originally blamed herself for the attacks.

The first time I was unsure that if it was done by a partner it was still in fact rape, until too late. And who would believe me?"

"And the second time, I thought it was my fault and that I should have fought back more, but I was scared."

"This was many many years ago and I of course know now neither one was my fault and neither one was OK."

"This was all before I tried to commit suicide and I am sure was one of many factors."

Considering that only around a third of rapes are reported to police, Wood's story is one that's all too common. 

Wood has received thousands of messages of support and similar statements since issuing the statement.