"You feel shame. You feel like somehow it was your fault." - Mira Sorvino https://t.co/OSrE5zUpj2— E! News (@enews) June 12, 2019
Mira Sorvino opened up about being date raped during a press conference with Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushing for stricter sexual harassment and rape-reporting laws. She argued that the state's five-year statute of limitations on second- and third-degree rape is too short of a time period for survivors to "sort through the trauma."
“I’m a survivor of date rape. I have never said that in public, because it is impossible to share those kinds of things, and I'm doing it here to try and help.”
While Sorvino expressed that she didn't want to go into detail about her story, she did open up about the emotional trauma she experienced, "I can tell you in situations of second-degree rape, which is what mine would constitute, you feel shame. You feel like somehow it was your fault. You should've been smarter, you should've protected yourself better. You should've not taken that drink, who knows what was in it, but you somehow got yourself into this situation."
Video of her speech:
Powerful testimony from @MiraSorvino today. There are many reasons why a survivor may wait to come forward. Year after year, NY’s statute of limitations for 2nd & 3rd degree rape - among the shortest in the U.S. - keeps these survivors from justice. We need the #NYSafetyAgenda. pic.twitter.com/C9epAJ6pWq— TIME'S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) June 12, 2019