April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and actress Abigail Breslin marked the occasion by revealing her own experience in a brief but moving message she shared on Instagram.
The 20-year-old actress posted a photo of a passage titled "consent II," and she included a message of her own alongside it.
"You are not obligated to have sex with someone that you're in a relationship with," the pictured text read. "Dating is not consent, marriage is not consent."
She added, "I knew my assailant."
Soon messages from friends and followers flooded Breslin's social media accounts, including tweets from two of her co-stars from the upcoming "Dirty Dancing" TV remake — Debra Messing and Sarah Hyland.
Numerous responses championed her "strength" and "bravery" for speaking out — some even included revelations inspired by her own. Breslin celebrated the outpouring of support, which went far beyond her expectations.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center states that the goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month "is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it."
And as Breslin's past posts prove, that's been a goal of hers for some time.