Actress Evan Rachel Wood is pushing for a Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights in states across the country, and she’s testifying before a House Judiciary subcommittee to help move it forward.
The “Westworld” and “Ides of March” star will head to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a hearing held by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.
Wood, 30, is expected to be joined at the Rayburn House Office Building by representatives from the nonprofit Rise, an organization lobbying for sexual assault survivor protections in state legislatures nationwide.
In 2016, Congress passed and then-President Obama signed the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act, which ensured sexual assault survivors in federal criminal cases have access to forensic evidence collection kits.
The Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated performer revealed to Rolling Stone in 2016 that she has been sexually assaulted twice.
“I don’t believe we live in a time where people can stay silent any longer,” Wood told the magazine a day after the presidential election. “Not given the state our world is in with its blatant bigotry and sexism.”