Oscar nominee Minnie Driver
has opened up about the sexual assault she endured on holiday when she was 17 years old.
The personal tale comes just days after actress Amber Tamblyn
told of suffering her own terrifying incident at the hands of an ex-partner.
“I was on vacation in Greece, and this guy kinda elbow-grabbed me and said: ‘You’re going to dance with me,'” she said.
“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.”
Driver told the radio presenter the police were extremely casual about the ordeal and said it could have been avoided if she had simply complied.
“The way they 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,'” she said.
Driver’s story comes just days after Canadian Author Kelly Oxford urged women to share recollections on Twitter of the first time they were sexually assaulted. The request came after video was released of Donald Trump boasting about gabbing women on the genitals.
“Women, tweet me your first assaults. They aren’t just stats,” Oxford wrote, before adding her own recollection. “Old man on city bus grabs my ‘pussy’ and smiles at me, I’m 12.”
More than a million women responded with their own experiences.
Good Will Hunting actress Driver said assaults like these were common among the women in her life.
“I don’t know a woman who has not had some form of sexual assault at some point in their life,” she said.
“Whether it’s being manhandled, whether it’s being pushed around, or whether it’s actual physical aggression, or indeed being raped.”
Driver is currently in New York promoting her new ABC sitcom Speechless that aired its first episode last month.