Abigail Breslin reveals she's a sexual assault survivor

Jennifer Read-Dominguez
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From Digital Spy

Abigail Breslin is the latest celebrity to break her silence about sexual assault in honour of Sexual Assault Awareness month.

The Dirty Dancing actress shared a black-and-white photo on Instagram with the words: "You are not obligated to have sex with someone that you're in a relationship with. Dating is not consent. Marriage is not consent"

"I knew my assailant," reads the caption.

This is the first time the Scream Queens star has opened up about her assault, prompting Will & Grace actress Debra Messing – who plays Breslin's mother in the new Dirty Dancing remake – to share her support online.

"I love you, Abbie," she wrote on Twitter. "Your strength and testimony means so much to too many. #voice".

It comes after Friends star David Schwimmer produced (and starred in) a series of hard-hitting short films to raise awareness about sexual harassment.

"I realised that I really wanted to see what sexual harassment was instead of hearing about it and reading about it all the time," he told Cosmopolitan.

"There was nothing on it, everything was much more violent, or unreal, but there was nothing that showed the grey area of sexual harassment."

He continued: "In the course of these stories and this process, I was repeatedly putting myself in the mindset of what it must be like to be a woman in the world today.

"When you've been objectified your entire life and become accustomed to being a second-class citizen in many, many ways – constantly told that you aren't worth the same as men, basically, and that your body comes first, or what you look like comes first – it makes a lot more sense to me that a lot of women don't even recognise when they're being harassed."

ABC's remake of Dirty Dancing premieres in the US on Wednesday, May 24 on ABC.

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of sexual violence.

If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999.

Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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