Breslin, who has long been an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, felt compelled to come forward about her own assault in April 2017 when one of her social media followers commented that “Reported rapes are the only rapes that count.”
“I did not report my rape. I didn’t report it because of many reasons,” Breslin wrote on social media with a trigger warning. “First off, I was in complete shock and 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.”
Breslin also revealed that she is still dealing with the trauma of what happened to her and was diagnosed with PTSD.
“To say that rapes reported are the only rapes that count contributes to the ideology that survivors of unreported rape don’t matter,” she wrote. “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.. Unreported rapes count. Reported rapes count. End of story.”
In an interview on SiriusXM’s Stand Up! with Pete Dominick, Minnie Driver broke her silence on being sexually assaulted at 17 years old.
“I was on vacation in Greece,” she said, “and this guy kinda elbow-grabbed me and said, ‘You’re going to dance with me.’ I said ‘no,’ and I pulled my arm away from him, and he grabbed me by the back of my hair. I tried to kick him, and then he punched me.”
Not surprisingly, police blamed her for what happened.
“The way [the police] presented it was, ‘This guy was just having a good time, and if you’d gone along with it, it would’ve been fine. If you’d just danced with him, you wouldn’t be in this position that you’re in now.'” Disgusting.
In light of Donald Trump’s grotesquely sexist 2005 conversation with Billy Bush going public, Tamblyn was moved to share her own experience of sexual assault.
“I need to tell you a story,” she wrote in a deeply personal Instagram post. “A very long time ago I ended a long emotionally and physically abusive relationship with a man I had been with for some time. One night I was at a show with a couple girlfriends in Hollywood, listening to a DJ we all loved. I knew there was a chance my ex could show up, but I felt protected with my girls around me. Without going into all the of the details, I will tell you that my ex did show up, and came up to me in the crowd. He’s a big guy, taller than me. The minute he saw me, he picked me up with one hand by my hair and with his other hand, he grabbed me under my skirt by my vagina — my pussy? — and lifted me up off the floor, literally, and carried me, like something he owned, like a piece of trash, out of the club. His fingers were practically inside of me, his other hand wrapped tightly around my hair. I screamed and kicked and cried. He carried me this way, suspended by his hands, all the way across the room, pushing past people until he got to the front door. My friends ran after him, trying to stop him. We got to the front door and I thank God his brothers were also there and intervened.
“In the scuffle he grabbed at my clothes, trying to hold onto me, screaming at me, and That part of my body, which the current Presidential Nominee of the United States Donald Trump recently described as something he’d like to grab a woman by, was bruised from my ex-boyfriend’s violence for at least the next week,” she continued. “To this day I remember that moment. I remember the shame. I am afraid my mom will read this post. I’m even more afraid that my father could ever know this story. That it would break his heart. I couldn’t take that. But you understand, don’t you? I needed to tell a story.”
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Barker courageously revealed in April 2016 that he was sexually assaulted as a small child by a 40-year-old man.
“I went up to the door and read the names on the buzzers… I went to push it, and he pushed me from behind, jolted me through the doors and I fell to my feet inside the door,” Barker recalled on his SiriusXM show Gentleman’s Code. “The door closed and I’m now trapped between a stairwell inside and a shut door. I have a man who is much bigger than me push me to the ground, grab me, pull my trousers and my pants down. I’m now exposed, and I’m screaming and thrashing.
“I kicked and I actually kicked him in the nuts and he sort of jumped back for a second. Enough for me to get up, squeeze out and, as he tried to grab for me in the back of my neck and the back of my hair, I ran out,” said Barker. “And I ran all the way home. Now here’s the thing: I didn’t tell anyone. I didn’t tell my parents. I didn’t tell my brothers. I told no one. I was humiliated. I was scared. I was worried. I thought I had done the wrong thing. I thought I had done the bad thing. It was something that stuck with me for a very long time.”
Barker also said that he was finally moved to talk about the experience after his sister was also attacked several years later.
“Get out there. Talk about it. And don’t be afraid,” Barker said on his show. “Empower our children and our kids to do just that.”
Kesha is fighting to be freed from her record contract with producer Dr. Luke, who she says drugged and raped her while she was under his employ.
She’s bravely standing up for herself, as well as other artists who have experienced similar situations, and refuses to back down or be silenced.
“So. I got offered my freedom IF i were to lie,” she wrote in the caption of an April 2016 Instagram post. “I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again.”
Lady Gaga has been a huge champion for sexual assault survivors over the past year and has also previously revealed that she was raped when she was 19 years old by a much older man. She kept the assault secret for seven years because she didn’t want the ordeal to define her, but her song “Till It Happens To You” very powerfully details what it feels like to be a sexual abuse victim.
At the 2016 Oscars, she performed the song onstage accompanied by a crowd of fellow survivors, who she also got matching tattoos with.
Lady Gaga has been extremely vocal in her support of Kesha and frequently uses the hashtags #FreeEveryWoman and #FreeKesha, and uploads posters about sexual assault to her social media accounts.
As a 7-year-old girl living in Queens, New York City, Lakshmi was molested by a friend of her now-former stepfather, and she spoke about her experience in a March 2016 interview with People magazine.
“Once you take a girl’s innocence, you can never get it back,” Lakshmi said. “What I remember more is telling my mother what happened and her believing me, and telling someone else what happened and that person not believing me.”
Lakshmi also detailed her account of what happened in her book Love, Loss and What We Ate.
In a 2015 TLC documentary titled Breaking the Silence, Burke confessed to being sexually abused by her neighbor as a child — and talked about how it still affects her life all these years later.
“I still go through times when I’m down. I don’t feel like I’m that strong woman that people think I am today,” Burke said. “I’m only human, and sometimes the stuff I’ve gone through, I think about all the time, and it just brings me back,” she continued.
Burke ultimately helped put her abuser behind bars, after testifying against him when she was just 6 years old, something that she described as “the scariest moment of my life, still to this day.”
Like many others, The Bachelor’s Roper was inspired by Lady Gaga’s 2016 Oscars performance to share her own story of how she was raped at a party when she was 17 years old.
“I’ve been trying for hours to think of what to say here, typing and back spacing,” Roper wrote on Instagram. “To be honest, I’m terrified. Yet, this is something I felt was put on my heart to write and to share and after all these years allow myself to be free of something I felt I had to hide. Lady Gaga’s performance was powerful and really moved me. I share my feelings and my story in the link I put in my bio. Hopefully, sharing my story can help others as much as it is helping me heal. Much love.”
She followed up her Instagram post with a more detailed account on her personal blog.