In a heartbreaking new interview, Evan Rachel Wood reveals she has been raped twice and opens up about feeling vulnerable after coming out as bisexual.
The 29-year-old Westwood star says she suffered “physical, psychological and sexual” abuse by a significant other and was also raped by a bar owner on a separate occasion.
“I've been raped. By a significant other while we were together. And on a separate occasion, by the owner of a bar,” she wrote in an email to Rolling Stone the day after the US Presidential election.
“I don't believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer. Not given the state our world is in with its blatant bigotry and sexism.”
In an interview with the magazine, the actress, who came out as bisexual in 2011, says she felt “taken advantage of” and felt like people thought they could “exploit” her.
“It was always talked about like a phase or something stupid, or something you were doing for attention.
“You know, bisexuality is worthy of eye rolls. And I didn’t realise how damaging that was until I tried to have healthy relationships as an adult and realised that there was still all this shame and conditioning and stigma around my sexuality that was really affecting the way I related to people.”