Abigail Breslin Developed PTSD After Being Abused and Sexually Assaulted
Abigail Breslin opened up about being sexually assaulted by someone she knew in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and now she’s using Domestic Violence Awareness Month to share another extremely personal story. The former Scream Queens star revealed that she is also the victim of domestic abuse and has PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) because of it.
She posted a picture of her bloody ankle on Instagram, which was caused by “one of [her] ‘episodes.'”
She started, “It’s #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth. I’m a domestic violence and sexual assault survivor. While I now am no longer with my abuser, on the aftermath of what happened to me, I developed Complex PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). I took this pic of my ankle a few hours ago right after one of my ‘episodes’ as I call them. 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.”
The 21-year-old said she felt “very awkward and uncomfortable” posting the photo and sharing her story, but ultimately decided to speak out so they can “keep the discussion open.”
“PTSD is absolutely NOTHING to be ashamed or embarrassed about,” she concluded. “PTSD is the result of an uncontrollable scenario. Never feel like you are less than because you have a condition that you didn’t cause. You are still beautiful, you are still important, you are still WORTHY.”
Abigail’s message is SO important and SO needed.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.
These brave female celebrities also opened up about being sexually assaulted:
Lady Gaga has always been an outspoken figure for female empowerment, and wrote the song "'Til It Happens to You" in support of those who, like her, have been sexually assaulted. She even invited a ton of sexual assault survivors up on stage with her to sing and stand in a united front.
While she has spoken out many times about her experiences, her Instagram post may have been the most poignant candid thing she had revealed. "I never thought anyone would ever love me because I felt like my body was ruined by my abuser. But he loves the survivor in me," the singer captioned a pic of her and ex-fiancé Taylor Kinney after the Oscars.