90210 actress AnnaLynne McCord reveals she was raped as she tells women: ‘You have a voice’

Actress AnnaLynne McCord has revealed in a candid interview that she was raped by her friend, and the experience left her feeling suicidal.

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by Fiona Day |
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She told a US women’s magazine: ‘When I was 18, I moved to Los Angeles to audition for roles. My boyfriend planned to come later. One night, a guy friend called. He said he needed a good night’s sleep for a meeting, as he’d been crashing on someone’s couch.

‘I had known him for some time, so I said to come over and I set him up with a clean towel. We sat on the bed and talked for a while, then I fell asleep.’

‘When I woke up, he was inside me.’

She continues: ‘At first, I felt so disoriented and numb, I closed my eyes and pretended to be asleep. I wondered if I had done something to give him the wrong idea. I felt afraid of making him angry. Believe it or not, I didn’t want to offend him. I just wanted it to be over.’

The horrific experience left Annalynne in despair.

‘Over the next few months, I began to go dark. My friends would invite me to events where the guy would be, and I would stay away. Then one night, I did go to a club with friends, and I saw him there. We made eye contact and I felt like throwing up. I turned and ran, sprinting into traffic.’

Annalynne wants to empower other young women
Annalynne wants to empower other young women

She soon confided in a friend about what had happened.

‘My friend’s reaction surprised me: He was so angry. I realized I was allowed to feel angry too. I told another friend, and she burst into tears.’

The experience left Annalynne contemplating suicide, she revealed to Cosmopolitan US: ‘I had pills and water in hand and thought seriously about killing myself. I didn’t fear death — it felt like a solution. When you’re in that mode, you don’t think suicide is a selfish thing to do. You think you’re doing everyone a favour.’

Annalynne decided to open up about her experience to encourage other victims of rape to come forward and to no longer suffer in silence.

‘I have my message for women and girls,’ she says. ‘You have a voice. Don’t put yourself in a box. Don’t let the polite lies of society silence you. Honestly, I would endure everything all over again- it has led me to my own revolution.’

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