Frozen 2 star Evan Rachel Wood has been open about being a victim of sexual abuse and attack, but deciding to come forward was not straightforward. In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the Westworld celebrity discussed the personal struggles she overcame when coming ahead. She also explained why she believes restraining orders don’t work in every circumstance.
“There’s an expectation that survivors have to maintain some composure or some certain way of being for people to feel they are an acceptable sufferer,” Wood told writer Chanel Miller at Harper’s Bazaar.
She explained how one of the”funniest components” of coming forward was a smear campaign.”No one knew I was being abused, but when the abuse was happening, in the media, it had been so traumatic; they had been calling me a whore, they had been calling me mad, and they were calling me names before I had even said anything,” Wood explained.
“I felt as though my credibility had been destroyed, so it made it very hard to come out through that time. My fear was when I said something, that all went to repeat itself. I was terrified.”Apart from her acting career, Wood is a busy activist. She created the #IAmNotOK movement. Wood is also behind the Phoenix Act, which attempts to acquire more rights for survivors instead of focusing solely on stricter punishments for perpetrators. Wood explained to Miller as one would hope, mainly if the abuser is someone having power, that restraining orders don’t always help.”When they have a complete network of individuals, and they’re linked to gangs, or they are linked to other poor folks, [a controlling order] does not really matter,” Wood explained.
“Even though they personally don’t come after you, they might send somebody else, and they might send somebody to hurt your loved ones.”Wood said her abuser threatened her times and also threatened relatives. She and her attorney talked about getting a restraining order, but was advised the statute of limitations is up.”Unless the threat’s been made lately, you still can not get a restraining order,” Wood explained.
The Golden Globe nominee stated she has moments of PTSD when she hears footsteps outside her property.”My abuse occurred over a decade ago, and I am still dealing with that; we can’t measure what we can’t change that, it is not defined,” Wood explained. “I think a lot of victims will inform you that sometimes the scars in mind are so much worse than the physical ones. However, we take into consideration what we could view and measure with a ruler.”Wood voices the new character Iduna in Disney’s Frozen II, which opens Friday. She plays Dolores Abernathy on Westworld, which yields on HBO next year.