Abigail Breslin has an important message about sexual assault. The actress and rape survivor took to Instagram on Saturday to share statistics from RAINN about how many rapists are incarcerated for their crime (only 6 out of every 1000 rapes).
One commenter left a message on her post that Breslin had to respond to. “Reported rapes are the only rapes that count,” someone wrote.
“I did not report my rape. I didn’t report it because of many reasons,” Breslin responded. “First off, I was in complete shock and total denial. I didn’t want to view myself as a ‘victim’ so I suppressed it and pretended it never happened.”
“Second of all, I was in a relationship with my rapist and feared not being believed. I also feared that if my case didn’t lead anywhere, he would still find out and hurt me even more. Thirdly, I knew how hurt my family and friends would be after finding out and I didn’t want to put them thru that,” she continued.
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“I was diagnosed with PTSD a year and a half ago. I have made a lot of progress since the event occurred, but I won’t pretend it isn’t something I struggle with. I still have flashbacks, I still get nightmares, I still jump when somebody touches me unexpectedly, even if it’s my best friend tapping me on the shoulder.”
“To say that rapes reported are the only rapes that count contributes to the ideology that survivors of unreported rape don’t matter. It’s unfair, untrue, and unhelpful. It’s like you got a black eye from getting punched in the face, but because you didn’t call the police, you didn’t really get a black eye.”
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“Unreported rapes count. Reported rapes count. End of story.”