Evan Rachel Wood is using her voice to help her fellow sexual assault survivors.
The “Westworld” actress testified before the United States Congress on Tuesday and detailed her experience with harassment for the hearing focusing on the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act.
The hearing’s purpose was to pressure Congress into making sure assault survivors have basic rights at a state level.
“If you can’t hear the whole truth, you will never know true empathy,” Wood said. “And I believe in the saying, ‘If we have to live through it, you should have to hear it.’”
Wood went into detail about her own experiences with rape, domestic violence and the PTSD that followed, “Seven years after my rapes — plural — I was diagnosed with long-term PTSD,” she said. “Which I had been living with all that time without knowing about my condition. I simply thought I was going crazy.”
Wood was joined by four other witnesses who testified in front of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.
Read Wood’s full statement to Congress here.