Why Bres­lin didn’t re­port her rape

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment -

Amer­i­can ac­tor-singer Abi­gail Bres­lin (right), who has spoken out about be­ing sex­u­ally abused at the hands of some­one she knew well, says she did not re­port her own sex­ual abuse be­cause of many rea­sons.

“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. Se­condly, 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’d still find out and hurt me even more. Third, I knew how hurt my fam­ily and friends would be af­ter find­ing out and I didn’t want to put them through that,” eon­line.com re­ported Bres­lin as saying.

Ear­lier in the month, in hon­our of Sex­ual As­sault Aware­ness Month, Bres­lin posted a script show­ing a pow­er­ful mes­sage: “You are not ob­li­gated to have sex with some­one that you’re in a re­la­tion­ship with. Dat­ing is not con­sent. Mar­riage is not con­sent.” The 21-year-old ac­tor cap­tioned the In­sta­gram photo: “I knew my as­sailant.

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