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(Trigger Warning) Actress Mira Sorvino reveals she is a survivor of date rape during news conference

She talked about her trauma in a speech

by Mohsina Naveed

(Trigger Warning) Actress Mira Sorvino reveals she is a survivor of date rape during a news conference. She talks about her trauma in a speech.

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Mira Sorvino reveals she is a survivor of Date Rape

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Sorvino did not provide many details about her experience but shared a rape survivors perspective. She gave an emotional speech at a news conference with Time’s Up activists and New York governor, Andrew Cuomo.

She had previously shared about two alleged sexual harassment incidents. One was with film producer Harvey Weinstein during a 1995 film festival and second by a casting director during preparation for a horror movie when she was 16.

Mira Sorvino reveals she is a survivor of date rape

Sorvino shared, “This past year and a half has been a very interesting and hard and wonderful time for me,” she revealed. “But I can stand here before you and say not only was I a sexual harassment and battery victim at the hands of Mr. Weinstein … but I’m also a sexual assault victim and I’m also a survivor of date rape.”

Mira Sorvino reveals she is a survivor of Date Rape

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The 51-year-old described the Me Too movement for victims to speak up as “wonderful.” However, she also shared it caused her emotional pain and trauma as she said she had to “revisit my past and my demons in a way that I really had not fully explored.”

Second-degree rape

The American actress revealed her case came under second-degree rape, which is explained as an adult who engages in sexual intercourse with a person less than 15 years old; someone unable to give consent under New York State law.

Sorvino also said, “I’m doing it here to try and help because there are all these survivors out there right now who need justice, who need to feel that they can take the time they need to sort through the trauma, to sort through the shame, because I can tell you in situations of second-degree rape, which is what mine would constitute …. You feel shame.”

On difficulties faced by survivors to share their story

“It is impossible sometimes to share these sort of things,” she expressed. She later added on how victims are forced to stay silent and feel the one at fault. “You feel somehow that it was your fault. You feel that you should have been smarter, that you should have protected yourself better.”

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She continued, “There is still a shame to anything sexual being public, so you don’t want to air your dirty laundry to other people, even if it was forced upon you.”

The governor supported the actress’s bravery. He said, “I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more intelligent, powerful, persuasive point that you just made, and God bless you for being so brave and courageous.”

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Her brave speech touched many hearts.



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