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Mira Sorvino attends the Academy Awards in March 2018 in Hollywood. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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Mira Sorvino says she is a survivor of date rape — and pushes for stronger laws

June 14, 2019

Mira Sorvino has said she is a survivor of date rape, speaking out in an effort to push for stronger sexual assault laws in New York.

The Oscar-winning actor, who was one of the first women to accuse film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, spoke during a press conference with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in support of a push to drop the statute of limitations on rape allegations, according to The Guardian.

“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,” she said, according to The Guardian.

She did not go into detail on the assault, but said she wanted to disclose it to help others. “I am 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,” she said. “Because I can tell you in situations of second degree rape, which is what mine would constitute, you feel ashamed. You feel that somehow it was your fault.”

In New York, second-degree rape involves victims who cannot consent to sexual activity due to their age, mental capacity, or state of inebriation, according to The Guardian. Activists want lawmakers to repeal the state’s statute of limitations for second- and third-degree rape, and to change the law to make it easier for victims to prove harassment claims.

Watch video of Sorvino’s appearance at the 2018 Women in the World Summit below.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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