Lucy Hale Opens Up About Her Experiences with Sexual Assault

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Last week, Lucy Hale seriously worried fans when she penned a disturbing note about sexual assault, but quickly deleted it off both Twitter and Instagram. While the 28-year-old didn’t explicitly say she was sexually assaulted, she did explain that she had her “dignity and pride…broken” and sympathizes with the victims of abuse.

Us magazine caught up with the Life Sentence actress yesterday and managed to get a few more details about that post and her personal connection to the #MeToo movement.

She explained, “To keep it somewhat vague… I think along with a lot of other people we’ve all had our experiences like that and until it’s happened to you, you kind of don’t really understand how it can affect you and everyone around you.”

“And I just feel very honored to be around a lot of powerful women that are speaking up about it and I think that’s where the change starts is when people start talking because you never know who’s listening or whose life you can impact,” she continued. “You know, you see the change happening it’s really an exciting time even though it started from dark times for people, I think the pay off will be extraordinary.”

The Pretty Little Liars alum was then asked if it was hard to come forward with her story and she replied, “No because I think anytime I talk about something it comes from a real place of truth and comes straight from the heart.”

Lucy’s original post read, “I never understood sexual assault until tonight. I always sympathized but never truly felt the pain of it until right now. My dignity and pride was broken. I am completely at a loss for words. I feel for anyone that has felt this pain that I feel right now. But I promise. I will not let a moment go by that I don’t try to make a difference.”