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AnnaLynne McCord Shared A Powerful Account Of Her Rape By A Friend

The assault left her suicidal and self-harming. It took her 10 years to come to terms with what happened, and now she's speaking out to help other survivors.

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She said:

I left home when I was 15. I grew up the pastor's daughter and I went a little crazy-wild in New York, dancing on tables in little miniskirts. That's why I'm wearing what I am – how I dress does not mean yes. I was never raped in these scenarios they tell you you're going to get raped in. I was in my own home. I let a friend come and stay and I woke up to find my Southern hospitality was being greatly taken advantage of. I woke up, and he was inside me.


McCord said:

For 10 years I thought it was my fault. I didn't fight back. I found out recently through my studies of neuroscience that my body completely shut down and wouldn't let me fight back because I thought that was the only way to cope with abuse.

She said:

I pretended like it didn't occur. I thought I was fine and continued "living," if you can call it that. I became very, very dark. Suicidal. Self-harming – cutting up my arms.

She explained:

I was on the show 90210 and my storyline took a turn. The producers asked me to portray a rape victim. I said, "Yes, this is such an important topic." And I did months and months of episodes. I was in to a second season of the storyline when I had a moment on set and what happened came back to me in a flash.

McCord concluded by urging fellow survivors to not let society dictate or silence their experiences.

She said:

You have a voice. Don't put yourself in a box. Don't let the polite lies of society silence you.