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AnnaLynne McCord: Why I’m Done Staying Quiet About My Sexual Assault
As Told To Abigail Pesta
Celebrity Interviews & Gossip May 29, 2014
Onscreen, Dallas and 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord radiates pure confidence. But before she found Hollywood success, she survived a strict, violent upbringing and a sexual assault by a close friend. Now she’s speaking out to help other women who don’t have a voice.
When I was on 90210 a few years ago, the character I played, Naomi, was raped by someone she knew. I welcomed the story line, thinking it was important for viewers. I memorized my lines and rehearsed the scenes. I felt ready to go. Then when the cameras were rolling on an intense scene — a fight with an unsupportive friend after the assault — I broke down, sobbing uncontrollably. My castmates thought I had done a great job playing the part. They had no idea that I had actually been sexually assaulted by someone I knew in real life.
For you to understand what happened to me and my reaction to it — burying the assault deep down inside — first you need to know a few things about my life. I’m telling my story now because I think it’s time to talk about the truth. When I was a kid, my candor got me in a lot of trouble, and I learned to stay quiet, to keep my feelings to myself. But no more. I’m in spiritual warrior mode.
AnnaLynne McCord reveals she was suicidal after childhood abuse, sexual assault: ‘It’s time to talk about the truth’
The ‘90210’ actress spoke out about traumatic incidents she experienced when she was younger as a way to let women know that ‘they have a voice.’
BY Kirthana Ramisetti NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, May 29, 2014
AnnaLynne McCord can no longer remain silent.
The “90210” star has opened up about being raped when she was a child, then being sexually assaulted early in her Hollywood career, revealing these traumatic incidents in the July issue of Cosmopolitan. The actress said that she had decided to speak out now to empower other women and let them know that “they have a voice.”
McCord, 26, described her childhood in Monroe, Ga., as “extremely religious and conservative,” with a pastor father who believed in discipline that she said was more akin to abuse, describing it as “painful and ritualistic.”….
The harrowing upbringing led a teenage McCord to have unhealthy relationships with men, including provoking them to be violent toward her. “My sexual relationships were dark and violently dramatic,” she said.
It was only when she discussed it with her first boyfriend that she realized her parents’ disciplinary tactics were actually abuse, and she confronted them about it, calling it “an important step.”
When McCord moved to Los Angeles for her acting career at age 18, she was raped by a friend who staying overnight at her apartment….
McCord was able to pull through her depression with professional help and support of her family and friends — and said she wants to help others who have gone through similar trauma, including launching a college speaking tour this fall.
“Don’t put yourself in a box,” McCord advises. “Don’t let the polite lies of society silence you. Honestly, I would endure everything all over again – it has led me to my own revolution.”