Actress AnnaLynne McCord is set to tour college campuses across the U.S. to speak about sexual assault later this year (14), after revealing she was raped at the age of 18.
The former 90210 star has opened up about her years of sexual abuse at the hands of boyfriends and the rape experience in a candid new Access Hollywood Tv interview, in which she admits years of therapy sessions have helped her get to a place where she can work with organisations that rescue girls from sexual slavery.
Now, she is ready to take her message across America this autumn (14) to help other victims.
She tells People.com, "I was in this state of denial and wasn't able to speak out until now. Eight years later, I'm finally at a place where I can talk about this and expose it, and hopefully show other survivors the support they need, because when we unite, we heal.
"The support has been amazing. You think in your head that the opposite is going to happen. You think that you'll be shamed and there will be even more degradation, humiliation. And the opposite has been apparent. But what's even more important than that to me has been the outreach from survivors who are telling me their stories."
The actress hopes they continue to share their stories with her and has offered up her personal email address to some victims.
She continues, "I will personally respond to every single one of them."