Rose McGowan just opened up about her own sexual assault, and her words are so inspiring

Sexual assault continues to be a serious topic that many shy away from. Yet this week in the news, some incredibly inspiring women have openly discussed it. They’re openness helps others to speak out and begin the process of healing. First Lady Michelle Obama gave a truly inspirational speech about sexual assault and treating women with respect that had us all in tears. Now, actress Rose McGowan has opened up about her own sexual assault in a series of very poignant and very brave Twitter posts:

The hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport is particularly meaningful, as more and more naysayers question why a victim (male or female) might wait weeks if not years to report their abuse.

She’s right. It is time for honesty. And we’re so impressed that Rose spoke up! This isn’t the first time Rose has spoken up for herself. In a 2015 Buzzfeed interview, Rose said she was “blacklisted” in the film industry, claiming:

“I was kind of robbed of five years."

She also spoke candidly about the “ terrible” experience of shooting Grindhouse with her now ex-boyfriend director Robert Rodriguez:

“I just don’t like being treated as less-than. I don’t like being treated as basically a couch that talks — and as important. I don’t like being humiliated, or somebody trying to make you humiliated.

Of her own sexual assault, Rose told Buzzfeed:

"You are taking part of someone’s soul. It’s happened to me. It alters the course of your life; it’s altered the course of my life."

We’re so glad Rose now feels strong enough to stand up for herself—and for possibly others. In fact, in September she tweeted “ And I know what rape is,” in an immediate response to Perez Hilton‘s insensitive questioning of Rose’s use of the term “visual rape” to describe her experiences being photographed and videotaped on the red carpet.

You go, girl!


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