Lucy Hale is opening up about her experiences with sexual assault.
“I’ve experienced stuff on the small side, but assault is assault,” the “Pretty Little Liars” star, 29, told Haute Living Los Angeles in an interview released Monday.
“I think there are a lot of people who have been intoxicated and taken advantage of,” she said. “It’s happened to me and people I know. It’s very common. Luckily, I’ve been unscathed; nothing’s hurt me too badly.”
In January, Hale wrote in since-deleted social media posts, “I never understood sexual assault until tonight. I always sympathized, but I never felt the pain of it until right now. My dignity and pride was broken … I am completely at a loss of 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.”
She previously told People that part of the #MeToo movement is making survivors of sexual misconduct feel less alone.
“I just feel very honored to be around a lot of powerful women that are speaking up about it,” she said. “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.