After actress Abigail Breslin posted about unreported rape statistics, one person tried to attack -- but Breslin fired back.
"Reported rapes are the only rapes that count," one Instagram user said in response to 21-year-old Breslin's post about how many perpetrators get away with the crime.
Breslin, who had just recently opened up about her rape on Instagram, passionately responded in defense:
I did not report my rape. I didn’t report because of many reasons. First off, I was in complete shock and total denial. I didn’t want to view myself as a ‘victim’ so I suppressed it and pretended it never happened. Second of all, I was in a relationship with my rapist and feared not being believed. I also feared that if my case didn’t lead anywhere, he would still find out and hurt me even more. Thirdly, I knew how hurt my family and friends would be after finding out and I didn’t want to put them thru that.
Many quickly jumped to Breslin's defense and showered her with praise for her response.
"You are absolutely inspiring," wrote one fan. "Thank you for speaking for those who have not quite found their voice yet."
"I'm proud and grateful that you had the strength to post this," added a second person. "You've become a pretty bad a** young woman."
Even some rape survivors expressed their appreciation.
"So yes, I was raped, no I didn't report it and yes, any feelings I have about it are as valid as those of someone who did report it!!" one person wrote. "So all I can say is thank you for this post and your strength! It may not seem like a powerful thing to type a few words, but they can make all the difference to someone!! Much [love] to you and if you yourself ever feel down just know that you are not alone!"
"As a victim myself, thank you for writing/posting this," another commented. "SO empowering."
According to RAINN, more than 650 rapes out of every 1,000 go unreported.
"Perpetrators of sexual violence are less likely to go to jail or prison than other criminals," reveals the organization.
Even when the assaults are reported, however, rape victims can still face obstacles. Some police officers believe rape myths and fail to protect victims, Rolling Stone reports.
"Why are you messing that guy's life up?" a police officer working with the Baltimore City Police Department allegedly asked a woman who reported having been raped.