Warning: This article contains disturbing content regarding sexual assault.
Last week, Lucy Hale caused major concern after writing a post on social media that detailed her sexual assault that she endured the night before.
“I never understood sexual assault until tonight,” she wrote in a now-deleted post.
“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.”
Now, the Pretty Little Liars star has gone into further detail in an interview with Us Weekly.
"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 honoured 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 said.
"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."
She was also asked if she found it difficult to share her story with her fans.
“No because I think anytime I talk about something it comes from a real place of truth and comes straight from the heart,” she said.
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