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Lucy Hale Elaborates On Her 'Sexual Assault' Instagram Post: 'You Kind Of Don't Really Understand How It Can Affect You'

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Lucy Hale is confident “change” will happen in our post-#MeToo world.
As we reported earlier this month, the Pretty Little Liars star received an outpouring of love and support after she suggested on Instagram she was sexually assaulted.
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The since-deleted message read:

“I never understood sexual assault until tonight. I always sympathized, but 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.”

On Monday, the 28-year-old attended an event celebrating Minnie Mouse‘s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Disney X Coach collection where she elaborates on her statement.
She told Us Weekly:

“To keep it somewhat vague├óΓé¼┬ª 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… 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.”

When asked if it was difficult to share her story, Hale responded:

“No because I think anytime I talk about something it comes from a real place of truth and comes straight from the heart.”

Lucy is so, so brave!
[Image via Ivan Nikolov/WENN.]

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Jan 22, 2018 21:29pm PDT