I Thought No One Would Believe Me: Sarah Hyland’s #MeToo Moment
Another #MeToo moment recently came to light when Modern Family star Sarah Hyland opened up about a sexual assault during her high school days.
The 27-year-old actor shared that the horrifying ordeal happened to her when she was in school and that she kept her mouth shut as she thought no one would believe her. In a Twitter post, she recollected the incident, using the hashtag #whyididntreport and wrote, “He was a friend. It was New Year’s Eve, my senior year of high school. Everyone was drunk. He broke into the bathroom I was in.”
“I hoped it was a dream but my ripped tights in the morning proved otherwise. I thought no one would believe me. I didn’t want to be called dramatic. After all, I didn’t say no. Shock can do that to a person,” she added
Hyland’s opening up is yet another of a number of celebrities like Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd and Cara Delevingne. They have all used the ‘Why I Didn’t Report’ hashtag to explain why they did not report being sexually assaulted.
Popular model and author Padma Lakshmi has also revealed that she was raped when she was 16. In a New York Times article, Padma shared, ‘What the hell were you doing in his apartment? Why were you dating someone so much older?’ I don’t think I classified it as rape — or even sex — in my head. I’d always thought that when I lost my virginity, it would be a big deal — or at least a conscious decision. The loss of control was disorienting. In my mind, when I one day had intercourse, it would be to express love, to share pleasure or to have a baby. This was clearly none of those things.”
“I was raped at 16 and I kept silent”
Ashley, on the other hand, used hashtag ‘Why Didn’t I report’ on Twitter and wrote, ““#WhyIDidntReport. The first time it happened, I was 7. I told the first adults I came upon. They said, ‘Oh, he’s a nice old man, that’s not what he meant.’
“So when I was raped at 15, I only told my diary. When an adult read it, she accused me of having sex with an adult man.”
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