AnnaLynne McCord claims her ''extremely religious and conservative'' parents physically abused her as a child and she is ''done staying quiet'' about it.
AnnaLynne McCord claims her parents physically abused her as a child.
The 'Dallas' star, who previously revealed she felt ''suicidal'' after being raped by a close friend when she 18, says her mother and father made her believe she didn't have a voice when she was younger, but she is now ''done staying quiet.''
The 26-year-old actress told Cosmopolitan magazine that she and her two sisters, Angel and Rachel, ''grew up in an extremely religious and conservative'' home, and were home-schooled by her pastor father and mother.
She said: ''My parents believed in strict 'discipline,' as they called it - I would call it abuse. The punishments were painful and ritualistic. We would have to bend over the bed, sometimes with our pants down, arms outstretched, and get spanked--with a ruler in our younger years and later with a paddle that my parents bought when they thought the ruler wasn't strong enough.''
AnnaLynne thinks she ''pushed men to be violent'' towards her when she started dating because of her the alleged abuse.
The former '90210' star explained: ''After all, as I had learned in my childhood, people who loved me hurt me.
''Because of the physical abuse, I didn't believe there were borders between other people's bodies and my own. I didn't believe I had a voice.''
The actress insists she has now moved on and has ''profound intimacy'' with her boyfriend Dominic Purcell.
She said: ''I forgave myself for not standing up for myself, and I began channelling my experience into something good. I have my message for women and girls: You have a voice. Honestly, I would endure everything all over again - it has led me to my own revolution.''
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