Lucy Hale Speaks Up About Her Experience With Sexual Assault

Lucy Hale poses with her hand on her hip at a Lord & Taylor event for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale is opening up about how she has become a victim of sexual assault. The 29-year-old actress addressed her experience while speaking with Haute Living Los Angeles in an interview.

“I’ve experienced stuff on the small side, but assault is assault,” she said. “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 isn’t the first time Hale has spoken up about sexual assault. In January 2018, she posted a series of now-deleted tweets and Instagram posts. “I never understood sexual assault until tonight. I always sympathized, but I never felt the pain of it until right now,” she wrote.

“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.”

A few days after her posts on social media, Hale elaborated on her stance on the #MeToo movement. “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,” she explained, according to Page Six.

“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,” she added.

Lucy Hale on Life Sentence

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Luckily, Hale shared with People that she has strong support system from her fans. “There can be times when I feel like no one in the world gets something, and I can read something through one of the people who supports me and I’m like, ‘Holy sh*t. I am not alone in any of this.’” She added, “They’ve stuck by me through the good and the bad.”

Her goal is to make sure to keep it 100 percent real with her fans. “My whole thing is I never want to be someone who makes it all shiny and rainbows all the time, because it’s not,” said Hale. “No one ever feels like that 24/7.”

One way she’s doing that is by cutting down on her social media use, and trying to refrain from the urge to make her Instagram page a “highlight reel.” She told Haute Living Los Angeles, “It’s almost like a disease. We’re all so addicted to it, and to what other people are saying.”

She even admitted, “Honestly, I know it sounds cheesy to say that social media was affecting my happiness, but it really was. It was important for me to disconnect from that, to put down my phone occasionally and live the life around me.”

She also shared some additional words with People about the admiration she feels for those in Hollywood who are coming forward about their experiences with sexual assault. “I feel grateful to have people that I look up to that are speaking up about things,” she said.

“Not just women — I think men have sometimes suffered the same way that women have,” Hale noted. “And as long as a conversation is going or a conversation has started, which it has, that’s the best thing you could ever ask for because that makes people feel not alone. I think if powerful people can make a difference by speaking up, which they are, that will trickle down hopefully.”

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