Kaya Scodelario refuses to stay silent.
As we reported, during the #MeToo movement in October, The Maze Runner star revealed she was the victim of an alleged sexual assault that happened when she was only 12 years old.
The Skins alum bravely confessed on Twitter:
“It’s taken me 13 years to say #MeToo.He is still protected by ‘family members’ in Brazil. They’ve told lies to papers to try to silence me… To finally speak out and not be afraid. To everyone still suffering silently, you never asked for it. NOBODY DOES… I do this for my son. So that he will see one day that we all have a voice. And that this behavior can not be tolerated any longer.”‘
While Scodelario — who shares a 13-month-old son with husband Benjamin Walker — says the response to her story “was wonderful,” she doesn’t want to be defined by this one incident. The actress told Metro.Co.UK:
“The response was wonderful, it was a relief but I am still dealing with it, and I am now dealing with a new side of it, which is this… I will be asked about it forever now. I hope it doesn’t define me but it will always be under my name and I accept that ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ but I am proud I was brave enough to do it and I am grateful for the support I had from friends.”
Ultimately, by coming forward with her story, the 25-year-old hopes it will help others going through similar hardships.
“I remember thinking that if I was 12-years-old and I had this horrific thing happen to me but I saw a woman I admired speaking up about it, it would have made me feel less guilty, and it would have inspired me to think ‘this won’t hold me back, this is something that has happened but I am not a victim’… So I thought if I can do that for one person then I owe it to my 12-year-old self.”‘
We greatly applaud Kaya, and everyone involved in the #MeToo movement.
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