Mira Sorvino is opening up about her own personal experience with sexual assault.
The Oscar-winning actress, 51, joined New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo in the state’s capital on Wednesday, pushing for stronger sexual harassment and rape laws. The pair joined other sexual assault advocates to pressure the state legislature to extend the state’s statute of limitations on rape allegations and make it easier for victims to press sexual harassment allegations.
During the press conference, Sorvino revealed that she herself is a victim of rape.
“I’m a survivor of date rape,” she told the crowd.
“I have never said that in public because it is impossible to share those kinds of things,” she continued. “You feel shame. You feel like it was somehow your fault.”
While she didn’t go into detail, Cuomo applauded Sorvino for her powerful statement.
“I’ve been in this room many times, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more intelligent, powerful, persuasive point than you just made – and God bless you for being so brave and courageous,” he said.
This isn’t the first time Sorvino has opened up about being sexually assaulted. In 2017, Sorvino came forward with accusations against Harvey Weinstein claiming that her refusal of his advances got her blacklisted from Hollywood.
“He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around,” Sorvino said.