“I’ve experienced stuff on the small side, but assault is assault,”Hale told Haute Livingfor the magazine’s July cover story.
“I think there are a lot of people who have been intoxicated and taken advantage of,” she said. “It’s happened to me and people I know. It’s very common. Luckily, I’ve been unscathed; nothing’s hurt me too badly.”
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“I never understood sexual assault until tonight,”she wrote. “I always sympathized, but never truly felt the pain of it until right now. My dignity and pride was broken. I am completely at a loss for 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.”
She later addressed her posts in an interview with US Weekly.
“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 said.
Head over toHaute Livingto read the full interview with Hale.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.