Two weeks after Abigail Breslin opened up about her own sexual assault in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the actress responded to a comment written on her Instagram to explain why she didn’t come forward with the incident right away.
After posting an infographic showing the low number of assaults that are reported, Breslin received a comment that read, “Reported rapes are the only rapes that count.” The 21-year-old actress then candidly explained all the reasons she hesitated to talk about her personal experience.
“I did not report my rape. I didn’t report it because of many reasons,” she said. “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.”
As she was in a relationship with the perpetrator, Breslin was unsure if reporting the incident would cause more issues.
“I was in a relationship with my rapist and feared not being believed,” she wrote. “I also feared that if my case didn’t lead anywhere, he would still find out and hurt me even more.”
She continued, “Third, I knew how hurt my family and friends would be after finding out and I didn’t …read more