Evan Rachel Wood Opened Up About Being Violently Raped By Her Ex-Boyfriend And The Details Are Heartbreaking

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She told her story to Congress in an effort to get the Sexual Assault Survivor's Bill of Rights Act.

Evan Rachel Wood recently opened up about being raped by two different men to Congress in an effort to pass the Sexual Assault Survivor's Bill of Rights Act in all 50 states. 

The 30-year-old actress told the U.S. House Judiciary committee Feb. 27 about the two violent rapes she experienced.

"[They're] burned into my brain and branded there for life," she said. "A mental scar that I feel every day." 

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Her first sexual assaulter was her boyfriend. 

“My experience with domestic violence is this: Toxic mental, physical  and sexual abuse that started slow but escalated over time including threats against my life, severe gas-lighting and brain washing, and waking up to the man who claimed to love me raping what he believed to be my unconscious body,” she told the panel.

“Sick rituals of binding me up by hands and feet to be mentally and physically tortured until my abuser felt I had proved my love for them," she continued.

"In this moment of being tied up and beaten and being told unspeakable things I truly felt that I could die, not just because my abuser said to me ‘I could kill you right now’ but because in that moment I felt like I left my body and was too afraid to run because he could find me. I froze.”

The other incident happened when she was raped by a man who locked her in a closet after hours at a bar. 

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"Because of this abuse my already spiritless person when I was pushed onto the floor of a locked storage closet by another attacker after hours at a bar, my body instinctively knew what to do," Woods said. "Disappear, go numb, make it go away.

"Being abused and raped previously made it easier for me to be raped again, not the other way around.” 

Woods said that it wasn't until years later that she was diagnosed with PTSD. She struggled with depression, addiction, agoraphobia, night terrors, and even tried to commit suicide twice. 

The Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights act would give survivors free rape kits after their assault, as well as the results and the option to preserve the evidence after the statute of limitations on the attack runs out. 

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Emily Blackwood is an editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, true crime, dating, relationships and everything in between. Every Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. you can ask her any and all questions about self-love, dating, and relationships LIVE on YourTango’s Facebook page. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz). 

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