‘Skins’ star Kaya Scodelario opens up about being sexually assaulted aged 12

"I am still dealing with it"

Kaya Scodelario has opened up about being sexually assaulted when she was 12, saying that the response to her speaking out has been “wonderful” and “a relief”.

Scodelario – best known for her role as Effy in Skins – took to Twitter back in October to tweet: “It’s taken me 13 years to say #MeToo .He is still protected by ‘family members’ in Brazil. They’ve told lies to papers to try to silence me.”

“No more,” she added. “I want to thank every single person who has spoken out about sexual assault/harassment recently. You’ve given me the courage. To finally speak out and not be afraid. To everyone still suffering silently, you never asked for it. NOBODY DOES.”


Now Scodelario has spoken to Metro, saying: “The response was wonderful, it was a relief but I am still dealing with it, and I am now dealing with a new side of it, which is this.”

“I will be asked about it forever now. I hope it doesn’t define me but it will always be under my name and I accept that – but I am proud I was brave enough to do it and I am grateful for the support I had from friends.”


Scodelario added: “It was taboo and it happened to someone we didn’t know, and #MeToo showed us it could happen to your friend, your sister, the women serving you food in a restaurant, it doesn’t just happen in movies.”

“And I remember thinking that if I was 12-years-old and I had this horrific thing happen to me but I saw a woman I admired speaking up about it, it would have made me feel less guilty, and it would have inspired me to think ‘this won’t hold me back, this is something that has happened but I am not a victim'”.


Scodelario currently stars in the Maze Runner film series. The latest instalment, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, is out tomorrow (January 26).

  • For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.