The details of Minnie Driver’s sexual assault are absolutely terrifying.
The actress opened up about her scary experience this week when she appeared on Sirius XM’s StandUP! with Pete Dominick.
“When I was 16, I was on vacation in Greece, and this guy kinda elbow-grabbed me and said ‘You’re going to dance with me,’” Driver, 46, 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.”
She later corrected herself and said she was 17 at the time of the attack. She explained that the authorities tried to blame it on her.
“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 said. “‘If you’d just danced with him, you wouldn’t be in this position that you’re in now.’”
Driver believes that these kinds of experiences and reactions are what keep young girls from reporting assaults.
“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 that’s alright,” she said. “That you can be shepherded, herded, touched, mauled. I think young women, they’ve been belittled when they’ve said something.”
She also confessed that there is not one woman she knows who “has not had one form of sexual assault at some point in their life.”
“Whether it’s being manhandled, whether it’s being pushed around, or whether it’s actual physical aggression or indeed being raped — I know way too many women,” she said.