The shocking allegations against Harvey Weinstein continue to REVERBERATE throughout Hollywood as an increasing number of women come forward to share their experiences of sexual harassment (and, in some cases, outright sexual assault) perpetrated by the disgraced movie mogul.
Adding her voice to the conversation is actress Evan Rachel Wood, with the “Westworld” star drawing her experience as a survivor of sexual assault to explain why it can take years before women come forward to publicly accuse their attackers.
In a powerful YouTube video she posted Wednesday (above), Wood admits, “It took seven years to even admit to myself that I had been raped.”
She outlines the reasons behind this. “These are the two things keeping women from telling their stories: No faith in the system that it will actually work for them and fear of their perpetrators. I’m not ashamed to say that I’m not ready to come forth with the names, because I’m here to identify a problem. I’m here to tell you that I’m afraid and I don’t think that’s my fault. I’m here to tell you that I’m afraid so that we can identify the problem,” she adds.
“We need to make people feel safe enough to come forward,” she continues. “You shouldn’t have to weigh your livelihood, your job, everything you’ve ever worked for, your reputation, your friends, your safety. That’s why women don’t come forward.”
Exiting show business, she explains, is noT the solution. “You have a much better chance at fighting it from the inside,” she says. “You have to stay and fight. Otherwise, they win.”