On Tuesday, Minnie Driver candidly told listeners who tuned into Sirius XM‘s StandUP! with Pete Dominick that she was once sexually assaulted back when she was a teenager. Whoa.
During her interview, the Speechless actress shared:
“When I was 16, I was on vacation in Greece, and this guy, kinda elbow-grabbed me, and said ├óΓé¼╦£You’re going to dance with me.’ I said ├óΓé¼╦£no’ and I pulled my arm away from him, and he grabbed me by the back of my hair. I tried to kick him, and then he punched me.”
Miz Driver went on to clarify that she was actually 17-years-old when the incident occurred and revealed the cops victim blamed her when she reported the assault. Smh.
The A-lister continued:
“The way [the police] presented it was ├óΓé¼╦£this guy was just having a good time and if you’d gone along with it, it would’ve been fine. If you’d just danced with him, you wouldn’t be in this position that you’re in now.’ “
Well that’s just not okay! Minnie added that situations like these are the reason young women aren’t reporting assaults. She noted:
“The times that you would sanction it, because you would believe when you’re young, when you’re 17, 18, you’re going out, the idea that unwanted male attention is something that you are supposed to put up with because it is somehow your role that a guy can come and touch you, he can put his hand way too far down the small of your back so that his hand is kind of going into your butt and that that’s alright. That you can be shepherded, herded, touched, mauled. I think young women, they’ve been belittled when they’ve said something.”
Well said. To make matters worse, Driver later claimed almost all women have dealt with “one form of sexual assault at some point in their life.” We mean, in the wake of Donald Trump‘s “p*ssy grabbing” comments, we know she’s speaking the truth!
Nonetheless, we couldn’t be prouder of the Good Will Hunting alum for speaking out about her harrowing experience. Bravo!
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