Former child star Abigail Breslin reveals PTSD diagnosis and why she didn't report her rape
Actress Abigail Breslin revealed she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after she was raped.
The Little Miss Sunshine star (21) first spoke about being sexually assaulted earlier this year and on Monday, she responded to an Instagram troll who wrote, "reported rapes are the only rapes that count".
She shared a post on the social networking site citing figures from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) with the title, '"Out of every 1000 rapes 994 perpetrators will walk free".
After the offensive comment, she explained why she didn't report her rape to authorities, saying she was "in complete shock and denial" after.
"I didn't want to view myself as a 'victim,' so I suppressed it and pretended that 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 would hurt me even more. Thirdly, I knew how hurt my friends and family would be after finding out, and I didn't want to put them through that."
Breslin said she was diagnosed with PTSD in 2016, explaining she still experiences flashbacks and nightmares.
"I have made a lot of progress since the event occurred, but I won't pretend it isn't something I struggle with. I still have flashbacks, I still get nightmares, I still jump when somebody touches me unexpectedly, even if it's my best friend tapping me on the shoulder," she added.
To say that reported rapes are the only rapes that count contributes to the ideology that survivors of unreported rape don't matter. It's unfair, untrue, and unhelpful. It's like if 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."