This week, sexual assault victims took to social media to share their stories of abuse and harassment with the hashtag #MeToo. Women — and men — opened up about the critical topic. Adding her voice to the mix, Abigail Breslin opened up about her PTSD from domestic abuse and sexual assault, which is a condition many assault survivors live with.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so her post is even more timely. She posted a picture on Instagram of a cut and bruise on her ankle, captioning it,
She added, “I was so freaked out and disoriented I slipped and fell on a piece of glass. Usually they occur right after I’ve been triggered… problem is, triggers are often very hard to detect.”
Breslin wrote that she was afraid to share her story at first, but then remembered that there’s no reason to feel shame or stigma around domestic violence or PTSD.
Upsetting memories, lack of sleep, and just a general feeling of being “on edge” are also common symptoms of PTSD, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Breslin is just one of many who have survived domestic violence — 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have reported physical violence or sexual abuse in their relationships.
It can be hard to talk about domestic violence, which is why Breslin’s post is so important. Hopefully, other survivors will feel safer sharing their stories, and it will help put an end to the stigma surrounding these issues. If you or someone you know are in an abusive relationship, know that you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.