Pirates of the Caribbean star Kaya Scodelario has finally spoken out about the sexual abuse she faced when she was a child.
After 13 years of staying quiet, the 25-year-old actress has finally found the courage to say “me too”…
“It’s taken me 13 years to say #MeToo,” she wrote on Twitter last year about her own attacker.
“He is still protected by ‘family members’ in Brazil. They’ve told lies to papers to try to silence me.”
Kaya Scodelario has now addressed the issue further, in the hope that she can encourage anyone in a similar situation to speak up too…
“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,” she told The Metro.
“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.”
“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.”
She also added that she is humbled by the response from fans, and of course, the support from her friends…
“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,” she added.
“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.”
We too hope that her story will inspire anyone in a similar boat to speak up.