Watch Evan Rachel Wood Explain Why She and Others Won't Name Their Rapists

"I'm afraid, and I don't think that's my fault."

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The news cycle is full of stories after stories about Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct. There are what feels like hourly accusations emerging from Cara Delevingne (opens in new tab)Gwyneth Paltrow (opens in new tab)Angelina Jolie (opens in new tab)Léa Seydoux (opens in new tab) and more claiming that Weistein has acted inappropriately towards them (opens in new tab). These statements are bolstering the allegations made by the women who came forward to the New York Times (opens in new tab) and New Yorker (opens in new tab).

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Alongside these revelations are some hard-to-answer questions, like "how has Hollywood kept this culture of silence around this so-called open secret (opens in new tab)?"

Many people have wondered why more women did not come out sooner, or speak louder.

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One person who attempted to answer this question was actor Terry Crews, who revealed in a series of Tweets that he had once been groped by another Hollywood executive and why he had not gone public with it (opens in new tab).

Now, actress Evan Rachel Wood has made a 15-minute video explaining why she will still not expose the names of her rapists.

Last year, the Westworld star wrote an open letter for Rolling Stone detailing that she has been raped twice, once by an ex-partner and once by a bar manager, both before she was 22 (opens in new tab).

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The now 30 year-old actress has still not revealed the names of the alleged rapists, despite the support she has received for the letter, and the changing attitudes around victim-blaming.

Wood posted the video on her Twitter and starts with lambasting how much conversation surrounding sexual abuse is being discussed as a liberal versus conservative issue. She states that conversation surrounding assault appears to be about scoring points instead of actually attempting to break down rape culture, or discuss patriarchal structures in which unhealthy behaviour can survive.


She then goes on to explain why women or victims may not come forward with their stories of abuse or assault, saying that they are met with almost-universal attempts to disbelieve or discredit them.

Wondering why women wait until others have come out before them against an attacker? "It is safer to do so, period. And I am guilty of this as well," explains the actress.

She says that she has not named her attackers yet because it is a "financially" and "emotionally draining thing to do, and to go through."

"If you want to know who my perpetrators were, they were very powerful, very rich, very entitled, very narcissistic white men," she goes on.

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Considering that it would be her word against others, that she is only one person, that her attackers were powerful, rich and that her career could be affected she says she is not ready to come forward.

The actress said that it took her seven years to admit to herself that she was raped, such was the confusion, hurt and guilt surrounding the attack. Despite her self-proclaimed "duty" to name her abusers so they do not attack other women, she still is not ready.

Wood demonstrates the difficulty and bravery it takes to speak out and the troubling position women and people in Hollywood find themselves in.

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Daisy Murray is the Digital Writer at ELLE UK, writing articles on vintage shopping to Melania Trump and everything in between. After four years of studying English Literature she has a good knowledge of everything Virginia Woolf as well as a much-needed keen eye for Ebay bargains. After a day at ELLE HQ you can find her drinking wine, watching SATC and talking to anyone who will listen about Chris Kraus.