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Selma Blair says she was ‘raped multiple times’

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Selma Blair said she felt confident enough to “shed that burden of shame” as she first revealed details about multiple sexual assaults in her new memoir.

The Cruel Intentions star, 49, has described decades of alcohol addiction, which began at the age of seven and escalated into her teens and twenties, in her book, titled Mean Baby: A Memoir Of Growing Up.

Speaking to People magazine, the actress recalled an incident during a spring break trip where she said she was raped after a day of binge drinking.

She said: “I don’t know if they both raped me. One of them definitely did.

“I made myself small and quiet and waited for it to be over. I wish I could say what happened to me that night was an anomaly, but it wasn’t.

“I have been raped multiple times because I was too drunk to say the words ‘please.’ To stop’.

“Only this one time was violent. I came out of every event calm and ashamed.”

Blair said she never discussed the sexual assault other than with her therapist, but felt it was an important part of her healing.

She said: “The writing stopped me.

“My sense of trauma was greater than I thought. I didn’t realize assault was so central to my life. I felt so much shame and guilt.

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“I’m grateful I felt safe enough to put it aside. And then I can work on that with a therapist and with other writing and really lift that burden of shame.”

Blair has been sober since 2016 and hopes sharing her past will help those facing similar struggles.

She added: “It’s a lot. I wrote the book for my son and for people trying to find the deepest hole to crawl into until the pain goes away.

“I’m in a good place. I can’t believe all of this happened in my life and I’m still here and I’m fine.”

Blair announced in October 2018 that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease that attacks the brain and nervous system.

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