On the heel of the #MeToo movement, Hollywood actress Lucy Hale, best known for her performance in Pretty Little Liars, revealed that she was once a victim of sexual assault.
The revelation came in the form of an interview with Haute Living, in which she said, “I’ve experienced stuff on the small side, but assault is assault. I think there are a lot of people who have been intoxicated and taken advantage of. It’s happened to me and people I know. It’s very common. Luckily, I’ve been unscathed; nothing’s hurt me too badly.”
This could be a follow-up to her now-deleted social media post in January this year, in which she alluded to have been a victim of sexual assault. Us Weekly reported her to have written, “I never understood sexual assault until tonight. I always sympathised, 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.”
(Might we remind everyone that being intoxicated is not an invitation for sex? And that having sex with someone without receiving explicit consent – which one might not be able to give if one is in an state of inebriation – can constitute sexual assault.)
Unfortunately, the actress is the only one to have fallen victim to sexual assault. Celebrities – both males and females – have come forward to share their own experience with sexual assault since the Harvey Weinstein case, which prompted the #MeToo movement.
In fact, beyond Hollywood, there has been similar cases happening in other parts of the world, including Singapore, that involves victims younger than 10.
Last month, a 59-year-old man was charged for sexual offences against his employer’s granddaughter, a nine-year-old girl.
Earlier today, a businessman was jailed for molesting a potential employee five times.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted, or know someone who needs help, call the Sexual Assault Care Centre on 6779-0282 (Mondays to Fridays, 10am to midnight) or find information at www.sacc.sg.
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