Content warning: This post deals with sexual assault and may be distressing for some readers.
Abigail Breslin has bravely come forward as a survivor of sexual assault with a post to her Instagram account.
The 20-year-old, who has starred in both Little Miss Sunshine and My Sister’s Keeper, shared her story in time with the United States’ Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
With the caption “I knew my assailant” and hashtags #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth and #breakthesilence, the actress posted a powerful message about consent.
Abigail’s abuse – knowing the person who did this to her – is something millions of women can relate to.
According to NSW Rape Crisis Centre executive officer Karen Willis, here in Australia more than 70 per cent of sexual assaults are carried out by family members, friends, work or school colleagues.
A further 29 per cent of rapes are perpetrated by someone the woman meets socially.