Recently, Frozen2 star Evan Rachel Wood has been open about being a victim of sexual abuse and assault, but deciding to come forward was not easy.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the Westworld actress discussed the personal struggles she overcame when coming forward. She has also explained why she believes restraining orders do not work in every case.
“There is an expectation that the survivors have to deal with a certain way of being for the people to feel that they are an acceptable victim,” Wood told author Chanel Miller in Harper’s Bazaar. She explained how one of the “scariest parts” of coming forward was a smear campaign.
“No one knew that I was being abused, but when the abuse was happening, in the press, it was so traumatic; they were calling me a whore, they were calling me crazy, and they were calling me names before I’d even said anything,” Wood explained.
“I felt like my integrity had already been destroyed, so it made it very difficult to come out during that time. My greatest fear was when I eventually said something, that all of that was going to repeat itself. And I was so terrified.“
Aside from her acting career, Wood is an activist. She created the #IAmNotOK movement. Wood later explained to Miller that restraining orders do not always help as one would hope, especially if the abuser is someone with power.
“If they have a whole network of people, and they’re connected to gangs, or they’re connected to other bad people, doesn’t matter,” Wood explained.
“Even if they don’t come after you, they might send somebody else to, and they might send somebody to hurt your family.”
It is not made the abuse stop permanently. At that point,” I was desperate to relentless violence, and I was too terrified to leave.”
“I spent my entire childhood was unsafe, suffering at the hands of a twisted, evil terrorist in our own house and wondering if my mom would be alive when I got home from school,” wrote one user.