AnnaLynne McCord Speaks About Sexual Assault

September 28, 2012 By:
AnnaLynne McCord Speaks About Sexual Assault

The “90210” star is baring it all in a new interview.

AnnaLynne McCord is speaking out about a traumatic time in her life in an effort to reach out to women struggling with the same situation.

On September 22, at a benefit for Somaly Mam Foundation, the actress spoke to an audience, relating her experience being sexual assaulted.

"Has anyone ever been raped? Sexually abused? Not said 'no' when you felt you didn't have the right to?" McCord asked. “I know what it feels like."

Following the address, McCord spoke with Us Weekly, to further delving into the touchy topic.

"I had a very similar experience to what these girls go through 20 times a night," she said.

The Somaly Mam Foundation is a nonprofit charity that aims to end modern day slavery and human trafficking and empower its survivors.

And, while AnnaLynne’s experience was not what some might traditionally associate with rape or sexual assault, it did have a harsh and lasting effect on her life.

"It happened to me once by somebody that I knew, and it is a very interesting thing to feel that you do not have the voice to say 'no,'” she said. “It wasn't an attack or anything like that - I just had no voice. I did not know how to say, 'I don't want this. Please do not do this to me.'"

According to AnnaLynne’s account, the incident took place in her own house when she was taken advantage of her to an “extreme level.”

“I did not have a voice, and now I do, and I'm practicing using my voice for others,” she continued. “Finally I can say I was taken advantage of - not from my own shame that I did something to deserve that - and now I can have a clear conscience."