Actress Mira Sorvino reveals she's a date-rape survivor

Mira Sorvino has revealed that she's a survivor of date rape in an attempt to lend her voice to a push for stronger sexual assault laws in New York. The Oscar-winning actress choked up during a news conference Wednesday at the state Capitol with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photograph:( AP )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jun 13, 2019, 12.26 PM (IST)

In an attempt to lend her voice to push for stronger sexual assault laws in New York, actress Mira Sorvino has revealed that she's a survivor of date rape. 

The Oscar-winning actress choked up during a news conference on Wednesday at the state Capitol with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Sorvino says that she has never spoken publicly before about the assault and that she was "doing it here to try and help.''

The actress stated she wouldn't go into details and didn't name the man involved. 

"This whole #MeToo (movement)] this has been wonderful, but it has been highly traumatizing for me on a personal level just because I have had to revisit my past and my demons in a way that I really had not fully explored... I had not really dealt with past traumas," Sorvino said tearfully. 

"I had not really sought out the help I needed, so this past year and a half has been a very interesting and hard and wonderful time for me. 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," the actress added. 

Sorvino was one of the first women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.

Advocates want lawmakers to repeal the state's statute of limitations for a second- and third-degree rape and tweak the law to make it easier for victims to prove harassment claims.

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The Oscar-winning actress choked up during a news conference on Wednesday at the state Capitol with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.