"It's happened to me and people I know," the "Pretty Little Liars" star says in a new interview.
Lucy Hale has opened up about her experiences with sexual assault in a new interview.
The "Pretty Little Liars" star discussed some of the not-so-pleasant situations she's had to face while living in Los Angeles -- including a recent break-in at her Sherman Oaks home and her firsthand experience with sexual assault -- when she spoke to Haute Living Los Angeles on Monday.
"I've experienced stuff on the small side, but assault is assault," the 29-year-old said in the interview. "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."
Hale previously touched upon the subject in January of this year, writing in a since-deleted social media post, "I never understood sexual assault until tonight. I always sympathized, but I never felt the pain of it until right now. 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."
Days later, she weighed in on the #MeToo movement in West Hollywood, telling People, "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. And I just feel very honored to be around a lot of powerful women that are speaking up about it. 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."