SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 10: Actress Abigail Breslin attends the 20th Century Fox party during Comic-Con International 2015 at Andaz Hotel on July 10, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
In a simple statement on Instagram, the “Little Miss Sunshine” actress shared her experience during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The star of the upcoming “Dirty Dancing” remake shared the definition of consent on her Instagram: “You are not obligated to have sex with someone that you’re in a relationship with. Dating is not consent. Marriage is not consent.”
“I knew my assailant. #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth #breakthesilence,” she wrote in the post.
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The post prompted other sexual assault survivors to share their stories with the actress.
“My rapist was my fiancé at the time, but everyone, family included, said it doesn’t count because we are engaged. Said I’m supposed to give him what he wants,” one commenter wrote.
Another Instagram user shared her own story: “Mine was an ex-boyfriend. I have been very happily married for 15 (years), but those scars are still there and leak into my relationship all these (years) later. The wounds from assault last a lifetime.”
After receiving support from fans, Breslin took to Twitter with another message.
“So beyond thankful by the immense support regarding my (Instagram) post last night. I am so lucky to have all of you kind souls in my corner,” she wrote.
so beyond thankful by the immense support regarding my IG post last night. I am so lucky to have all of you kind souls in my corner.