Speaking to the Guardian Newspaper, the Dublin born Usual Suspects actor said that there is “A sense that if you were abused, it was your own fault.
“Men are not supposed to talk about their feelings. Men have to be strong and men don’t cry.
“For many years, I really thought I was the only one. The freedom it gave me to be able to say: ‘Me, too. I was assaulted, too.
“Yet so little action has been taken. There’s a kind of an unspoken acceptance of the idea that sex against girls is kind of the real assault. The violation of women is what you should pay attention to.
“There’s a shame about men speaking out.” He added.
Byrne recently filmed War Of The Worlds season two in London under covid-19 restrictions, the producer of the series Johnny Capps told Deadline: “It’ll certainly help that, as a post-apocalyptic sci-fi, War of the Worlds is all about small, isolated groups and vast, empty landscapes.
“Fortunately, we are a show which is in a world where there aren’t that many people around.” He added War Of The Worlds is based on HG Wells book by the same name. Season two of the series remains in post production.
Byrne’s biography Walking With Ghosts by Gabriel Byrne is published on 12 November.