Pirates of the Caribbean star Kara Scodelario is opening up about the sexual abuse she endured as a child. The actress revealed on her social media account that was the assaulted by a family member at the age of 12.
Scodelario Speaks Her Truth
Scodelario spoke on the abuse in October 2017 where claimed family members in Brazil were protecting the person responsible for the alleged assault. The actress also stated that the family "sold lies" to the papers to try and "silence" her.
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.
— Kaya Scodelario (@kScodders) October 16, 2017
Scodelario spoke on the incident again during an interview with Metro U.K. and also elaborated on the downsides of opening up about any sexual misconduct.
"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—but I am proud I was brave enough to do it and I am grateful for the support I had from friends," the actress stated.
The Maze Runner star, who is married to Benjamin Walker, stated that she decided to come forward with her story because of her 1-year-old son, so that he can see everyone "has a voice".
The actress also stated that she will not let what happened to her define her and hopes her story will inspire others.
"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," she stated.
Scodelario will reprise her role as Teresa in the final Maze Runner: The Death Cure. The film will premiere on Jan. 26.
The actress' claims follow a plethora of other woman who have recently spoken out against their attackers. The Time's Up and #MeToo movement began after men such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Danny Masterson, and Ed Westwick, were outed for the past alleged sexual crimes.
Because of the latest anti-harassment campaigns, more women have been given better opportunities in Hollywood. Kirsten Bell became the first host of the Screen Actors Guild Awards and more female presenters have been chosen for past award shows.