‘Speechless’ star Minnie Driver recounts sexual assault on her when she was just 17!
Minnie Driver of ABC’s Speechless has become another celebrity to share about a painful incident on Tuesday from her personal memo. The story is about the sexual assault happened when she was just 17!
She revealed to Sirius XM’s StandUP! with Pete Dominick, “I was on vacation in Greece, and this guy kinda elbow-grabbed me and said, ‘You’re going to dance with me.’ “I said ‘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.”
The man was arrested for his act after police were called, but the British actress didn’t feel the male officers handled the situation seriously as they should have.
“The way [the police] presented it was, ‘This guy was just having a good time and if you’d gone along with it, it would’ve been fine,’” she revealed, “‘If you’d just danced with him, you wouldn’t be in this position that you’re in now.’”
Minnie added further that young women usually do not open up about such experiences because of fear.
“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’s all right,” Minnie said.
“That you can be shepherded, herded, touched, mauled. I think young women, they’ve been belittled when they’ve said something.”
The actress admitted the incident has left a big scar on her life and she believes that many women did face the same trauma. “I don’t know a woman who has not had some form of sexual assault at some point in her life,” she said. “Whether it’s being manhandled, whether it’s being pushed around, or whether it’s actual physical aggression or indeed being raped — I know too many women.”