Rose McGowan is the latest actress to speak out about sexual assault

Actress and filmmaker Rose McGowan (“Charmed,” “Grindhouse”) joined a growing trend Thursday night when she shared her experience with sexual assault at the hands of a powerful Hollywood executive with her followers on Twitter. 

In recent days, actresses Minnie Driver (“Speechless,” “Good Will Hunting”) and Amber Tamblyn (“Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “Two and a Half Men”) both opened up about incidents of sexual assault in their pasts, admissions that come in the wake of the growing controversy  around Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his treatment of women. 

In her series of tweets, McGowan relayed how she was told that no one would believe her rape claims because she had previously done a sex scene in a movie, before stating, “It's been an open secret in Hollywood/Media & they shamed me while adulating my rapist.” And used the hashtag #WhyWomenDontReport throughout her reveal. 

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This is not the first time that McGowan has weighed in on the 2016 election.

In August, McGowan wrote an open letter addressed to Trump, the Rupert Murdoch family and the media at large for poisoning society  with hateful rhetoric. 

“We, the public, are being sickened by an ever expanding assault on our right to live a healthy and free life. Donald & you ratings driven colluders, are holding us the public hostage and exposing us to disease," McGowan wrote, later describing the disease as “terror cancer.”

A representative for McGowan did not immediately return a request for comment.

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