‘West­world’ ac­tress re­veals she was raped twice

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LOS AN­GE­LES: US ac­tress Evan Rachel Wood ( pix), who plays one of the lead­ing char­ac­ters in the new hit TV se­ries West­world, has spo­ken out about be­ing raped twice in an open let­ter she posted on Twit­ter.

The 29-year-old said she had re­vealed the at­tacks in an in­ter­view with Rolling Stone magazine and de­cided to also share her story on so­cial me­dia as she did not want to “stay silent any longer”.

The ac­tress said she had been raped by a “sig­nif­i­cant other” and then by the owner of a bar.

“The first time I was un­sure that if it was done by a part­ner it was still in fact rape, un­til too late,” Wood wrote. “Also who would be­lieve me. “And the sec­ond time, I thought it was my fault and that I should have fought back more, but I was scared.” She said the at­tacks took place “many, many years ago” and that she had come to un­der­stand that she was not at fault.

The star added in her Twit­ter post­ing as well as the Rolling Stone in­ter­view that she be­lieves the as­saults were “one of the many fac­tors” that played a part in an at­tempt to com­mit sui­cide at age 22.

The ac­tress, who is bi­sex­ual, said she had hes­i­tated about com­ing for­ward in the past for fear of be­ing ac­cused of seek­ing at­ten­tion or be­ing told “it wasn’t a big deal or that’s not re­ally rape”.

“I don’t be­lieve we live in a time where peo­ple can stay silent any longer. I cer­tainly can’t. Not given the state our world is in with its bla­tant big­otry and sex­ism.”

Wood said although she was happy in her life, she was “still not OK”. – AFP

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