Transcript for Evan Rachel Wood Speaks Out on Sexual Assault
Your path leads you back to me. I know things will work out the way they're meant to. The star of "Westworld" Evan Rachel wood and posted a letter on Twitter about surviving sexual assault. Paula Faris here with the details. Hey, Paula. Good morning. Evan Rachel wood said she was raped twice many years ago. For a long time she didn't want to reveal it but given what's happening in today's society she feels she could no longer stay silent. Evan Rachel wood saying she will not be ashamed. When will you be back. Reporter: "Westworld" star Evan Rachel wood sharing a deeply personal secret saying she survived sexual assault. The 29-year-old actress who first alluded to a history of abuse in a "Rolling stone" interview tweeting a lengthy confessional saying, yes, I have been raped by a significant other while we were together and on a separate occasion by the owner of a bar. Reffen. Reporter: Wood says what she experienced took a toll on her, even trying to commit suicide at 22. But the mother and actress now saying I am still standing. I am alive. I am happy. I am strong but I'm still not okay. Wood saying she kept quiet until now because she didn't want to be a sob story and didn't want to be accused of doing it for attention. Or told it wasn't a big deal or that's not really rape. I think it's a pretty powerful moment that we are experiencing by having Evan speak so openly about what must be two of the most painful experiences of her life. Whatever you say. Reporter: The actress is currently starring in HBO's "Westworld," her character Dolores, a robot often the victim of violence telling "Rolling stone" using her demons to create on the show is how she makes peace with her past. She wanted to speak out about it so that it wouldn't be something that someone else would share. I think she wanted to control her own narrative and I think also playing Dolores in "Westworld" encouraged her to speak out about her past. Reporter: Wood now one of many celebrities from Lena Dunham to amber Tamblyn to lady gaga opening up about sexual assault in hopes of helping others. Wood saying, I don't believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer. I certainly can't. Not given the world we live in with its blatant bigotry and sexism. She is still not okay but she believes it's important for survivors to know exactly that, to own it and the pressure to get over it will be lifted. She adds not that she's not over it, George, it's that she's never going to be the same again but a very courageous admission on her part. And will help a lot of people. Thanks very much.
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