Back in October, fans of actress Kaya Scodelario were shocked when the “Maze Runner” star issued a tweet hinting that she had been sexually assaulted 13 years earlier. Given THAT Scodelario is just 25, that meant the incident took place when she was just 12 years old.
“It’s taken me 13 years to say #MeToo,” she tweeted. “He is still protected by ‘family members’ in Brazil. They’ve told lies to papers to try to silence me.”
The actress, who has also appeared in such films as “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Tiger House, opens up going public with her story in a new interview with Metro UK, noting that the response she received to her tweet “was wonderful.”
“It was a relief but I am still dealing with it, and I am now dealing with a new side of it, which is this,” she says of discussing her assault publicly.
“I will be asked about it forever now,” she admits. “I hope it doesn’t define me but it will always be under my name and I accept that — but I am proud I was brave enough to do it and I am grateful for the support I had from friends.”
In fact, Scodelario hopes that by coming forward she can help other young girls who have gone through similar trauma.
“It was taboo and it happened to someone we didn’t know, and Me Too showed us it could happen to your friend, your sister, the women serving you food in a restaurant, it doesn’t just happen in movies,” she explains.
“And I remember thinking that if I was 12 years old and I had this horrific thing happen to me but I saw a woman I admired speaking up about it, it would have made me feel less guilty,” she added, “and it would have inspired me to think, ‘This won’t hold me back, this is something that has happened but I am not a victim.’ So I thought if I can do that for one person then I owe it to my 12-year-old self.”