Her accuser has gone nameless for years. But today is not that day.
Through the years, actress and singer Evan Rachel Wood has testified in front of congress and shared on social media that she is a sexual and physical abuse survivor, but she never named her abuser. But today is not that day. Wood named Brian Warner (aka Marilyn Manson) as her abuser. And with that, more alleged victims of his have come forward with similar abuse allegations, as reported by The New York Times.
This may not come as any surprise given the claims and strange relationships over the years about Manson, but any victim who has endured abuse is heartbreaking to hear, and no doubt a trigger for many people. According to the National Statistics Domestic Violence, more than 10 million women and men in the United States have been physically abused by an intimate partner in just one year.
Words like "grooming," "alienation," and "manipulation" are terms that are becoming more recognized for what they really are–forms of control and power-over used by the abuser to subdue and scare the sh*t out of the targeted victim into submission. Many forms of abuse are masked through child brides, misogynistic spiritual hierarchy, financial dependency, etc. Evan was briefly engaged to Manson in 2007 when she was 19 and he was 38.
If you are in an abusive relationship, you can reach out for help by contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.SAFE (7233), TTY 1.800.787.3224, www.thehotline.org.
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