Minnie Driver says that every woman she knows has experienced sexual assault of some form, and that she herself was chastised by police after reporting an assault at the age of 17. “I was on vacation in Greece, and this guy came and kinda elbow-grabbed me, and said ‘You’re going to dance with me,'” the actress recalled. “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.”
After she reported the incident to police, she said they told her, “This guy was just having a good time and if you’d gone along with it, it would’ve been fine” and that if she’d “just danced with him” then the situation could have been avoided. That reaction, Driver said, explains why it is that so few young women, who are four times more likely to be victims of sexual assault or rape, go to police after being victimized.
“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 that’s all right,” Driver explained. “That you can be shepherded, herded, touched, mauled. I think young women, they’ve been belittled when they’ve said something.”
Listen to part of the interview below.
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