12 Sep 2009Webmiss
Actress Christina Ricci spoke with us today on ABCNews.comâ€™s â€œTop Lineâ€ about her work as national spokesman for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.
Sheâ€™s urging members of Congress to support increased funding for the national sexual assault hotline, which provides counseling to victims of rape and sexual abuse through a network of local affiliates. Many of those state and local partners have seen their funding cut in recent months.
Such services are particularly important to those who donâ€™t have health insurance, Ricci said.
â€œThatâ€™s the thing: This has a lot to do with health care because, you know, people without health care can go to . . . these publicly funded services, these social services, and get the help that they need, the medical help that they need,â€ she said.
â€œAnd if you cut all the funding to them youâ€™re adding just even more stress to the whole health care [system]. I mean, this is really a health care issue. . . . People who are raped tend to are twice as likely to suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, suicide.â€
Ricci said she got more involved in the cause as an offshoot of her work on the 2006 film â€œBlack Snake Moan,â€ where she plays the victim of severe sexual and physical abuse.
â€œI actually did know quite a bit about it, so when I read that screen play I recognized what the character was suffering from,â€ she said. â€œAnd rape trauma syndrome to so many people is so confusing because they donâ€™t really understand the psychology that goes behind what happens to somebody once theyâ€™ve been raped and left to deal with this violent crime the rest of their life, without treatment.â€
Click HERE to see the video interview with Christina Ricci.
From ABC News