AnnaLynne McCord Announces College Tour to Speak on Sexual Assault Prevention

Posted Friday June 13, 2014 1:28 PM GMT

With the sexual assault and rape statistics on the rise on college campuses around the country, AnnaLynne McCord is gearing up to fight back.

After divulging her own experience with sexual abuse in Cosmopolitan magazine’s May 2014 issue, the “90210” actress has announced she’ll tour universities this fall to speak on the tremendously important topic.

McCord told press, "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."

Furthermore, AnnaLynne invites victims of sexual assault to reach out to her via email. "I will personally respond to every single one of them."

She added, "We're in a generation where the era is – we have amazing technology. But unfortunately, what that technology is [doing is] dehumanizing us. Guys are objectifying women more now than ever before in life because they see you on a screen. They're seeing you send a picture, and you're an image on a one-dimensional device. But you're a three-dimensional human who has emotions and feelings."

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