Abigail Breslin explains why she never reported her rape


Abigail Breslin has a message to share: Reported rapes are not the only rapes that count.

After taking to Instagram to reveal she had been sexually assaulted in a bid to speak out during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Scream Queens star is responding to a comment on her post which said, "Reported rapes are the only rapes that count."

"I didn't report [my rape] because of many reasons," the 21-year-old began in a post on her social media account Tuesday. "I didn't want to view myself as a 'victim' so I suppressed it and pretended it never happened."

Breslin explained that she was in complete shock and total denial, and was also in a relationship with her rapist at the time and feared putting her family and friends through the pain of knowing what happened.

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"I was diagnosed with PTSD a year and a half ago," she wrote. "I have made a lot of progress since the event occurred, but I won't pretend it isn't something I struggle with. I still have flashbacks, I still get nightmares, I still jump when somebody touches me unexpectedly, even if it's my best friend tapping me on the shoulder."

She continued, "To say that rapes reported are the only rapes that count, contributes to the ideology that survivors of unreported rape don't matter. It's unfair, untrue and unhelpful.... Unreported rapes count. Reported rapes count. End of the story."

When Breslin first took to Instagram to break the silence on her assault, she posted a definition of consent that read, "You are not obligated to have sex with someone that you're in a relationship with. Dating is not consent. Marriage is not consent." She captioned the post, "I knew my assailant. #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth #breakthesilence."

The actress, who is set to star in ABC's upcoming remake of Dirty Dancing, has received an outpouring of support on social media.

See Breslin's full statement on Instagram below.

*trigger warning⚠️*

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 01: Abigail Breslin poses at the Opening Night for The New Group's new play 'All the Fine Boys' at Green Fig Urban Eatery on March 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Abigail Breslin attends the 5th annual Women Making History Brunch at Montage Beverly Hills on September 17, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
SCREAM QUEENS: L-R: Abigail Breslin, Billie Lourd and Lea Michele in the all-new Rapunzel, Rapunzel episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Dec. 6 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 03: Abigail Breslin attends the New Group's 'All the Fine Boys' rehearsal photocall at their rehearsal studio on February 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
SCREAM QUEENS: L-R: Billie Lourd, Emma Roberts and Abigail Breslin in the all-new Handidates episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Oct. 11 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Actors Abigail Breslin (L) and Billie Lourd attend the 'Scream Queens' panel during Comic-Con International 2016 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Actress Abigail Breslin attends the 'Scream Queens' press line during Comic-Con International at Hilton Bayfront on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Abigail Breslin attends the 68th annual DGA Awards in Los Angeles February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Phil McCarten
Cast member Abigail Breslin arrives for the "August: Osage County" screening at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress Abigail Breslin poses as she arrives at the Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson amphitheatre in Universal City, California August 11, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actress Abigail Breslin attends the premiere of FOX TV's 'Scream Queens' at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on September 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
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