Charmed star Rose McGowan has made the claim that she was raped by a top Hollywood executive.
Without naming anyone specific, the actress made the revelation in a series of tweets, wherein she also stated that a female attorney has told her that she "would never win in a criminal case" against her alleged rapist because she has done a sex scene in a film.
She posted the tweets under the hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport, in a bid to highlight the plight of sexual assault victims who have to go through such intense scrutiny when they they choose to go forward with their story to authorities.
a (female) criminal attorney said because I'd done a sex scene in a film I would never win against the studio head. #WhyWomenDontReport— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 14, 2016
She also stated that what happened to her was an open secret and that her alleged rapist was "adulated" while she was shamed.
because it's been an open secret in Hollywood/Media & they shamed me while adulating my rapist. #WhyWomenDontReport— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 14, 2016
Then, she referred to an ex who sold her movie to the same Hollywood executive who had sexually assaulted her.
Because my ex sold our movie to my rapist for distribution #WhyWomenDontReport— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 14, 2016
McGowan has previously referred to her sexual assault in an interview with Buzzfeed. At one point in the interview, they spoke about Bill Cosby, and Rose responded by saying, “that there’s no way to prosecute this man is disgusting and vile on every possible level ... These rape and child molestation statutes of limitations -- what the fuck? That’s murder. You’re killing somebody. You are taking part of someone’s soul. It’s happened to me ... It alters the course of your life; it’s altered the course of my life."
In September, she responded to Perez Hilton, tweeting out how she knows what rape is and how hard it is to be judged and scrutinized for it.
And I know what rape is. You might not. You don't know what it's like to be consumed by cameras as a woman&dissected for pleasure of creeps— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) September 16, 2016
Rose McGowan's powerful tweets inspired many of her followers, and they tweeted their support to her cause. It even gave one LGBT YouTuber by the name of Dustin Kloeppel the strength to come out and talk about his own sexual assault.
I love y'all. If any of you has ever been sexually assaulted like I have, please come to me. I'm always here for you. Xoxo.— Dustin Kloeppel (@DustinKloeppel) October 16, 2016