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Amandla Stenberg Recounts Sexual Assault: 'I Downplayed What Had Happened to My Friends'

Amandla Stenberg Recounts Sexual Assault: 'I Downplayed What Had Happened to My Friends'

Amandla Stenberg has bravely opened up about her own experiences with sexual assault.

The Hate U Give star shared her story in a new op-ed piece written for Teen Vogue.

“What started as a consensual experience had turned forceful. Painful things had been done to my body that made me feel broken and disposable. I was unable to consent to them, and was silenced verbally and physically when I protested,” she wrote.

“I woke up to a text message that said I should ‘probably find a plan B.’ This proved to be much more challenging than I anticipated, and ultimately required a trek to a women’s clinic on the outskirts of town,” Amandla continued. “The train bench felt like a murky pool under my thighs. I was sitting in that soup of guilt and shame that often follows an unwarranted sexual experience. My body hurt and my mind was on a one-track loop, dissecting all the things that I was culpable for, that must have led me to my predicament.”

“Embarrassment coursed through my blood, making it hot and tense and stinging my nerves, while a strange lethargy trudged its way through my limbs. I downplayed what had happened to my friends. Being candid about how I felt seemed disruptive or weak, and I didn’t want to burden them with the responsibility of helping me process something that I felt was my fault,” she added.

To read Amandla‘s full piece, head over to TeenVogue.com.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you can seek help by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673).

Sabrina Carpenter Raves About Amandla Stenberg After 'Hate U Give' NYC Screening

Sabrina Carpenter Raves About Amandla Stenberg After 'Hate U Give' NYC Screening

Amandla Stenberg and Sabrina Carpenter pose for a photo on the red carpet at the screening of The Hate U Give on Thursday (October 4) at The Paris Theatre in New York City.

The actresses were joined at the screening by co-stars Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Common, and writer Angie Thomas.

“i just watched @TheHateUGive for the 3rd time and im crying even more than the first. Please go see this movie. please bring your friends and family. It’s out tomorrow in select theaters and everywhere Oct 19th,” Sabrina wrote on Twitter after the screening.

She added, “also @amandlastenberg will give u chills all over ur body. she’s a complete force. i’m still crying.”

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Amandla Stenberg's 'The Hate U Give' Will Have Free Screenings This Weekend

Amandla Stenberg's 'The Hate U Give' Will Have Free Screenings This Weekend

Amandla Stenberg steps out for the premiere of The Hate U Give held at Regal Atlantic Station on Wednesday night (October 3) in Atlanta, Ga.

The 19-year-old actor joined co-stars Kai N. Ture, TJ Wright, Lamar Johnson, Karan Kendrick, Bobby Sessions, Regina Hall, and Algee Smith, with author Angie Thomas, and director George Tillman Jr. for the screening and panel for the night.

If you didn’t hear, 20th Century Fox Film and AMC Theatres are partnering to give underserved and underrepresented young people across the country the opportunity to see The Hate U Give.

Free screenings will be hosted at 11 AM local time THIS Saturday, October 6th. The nine metro areas hosting the free screenings include Atlanta, Ga., Baltimore, Md., Dallas, Texas, Houston, Texas, Los Angeles, Calif., Miami, Fla., New York, N.Y., Philadelphia, Pa., and Washington, DC.

These limited release screenings will be a launching pad for a campaign to bring up to 50 screenings to communities around the country and amplify the film’s call for youth to find their voice and change the world. Schools, community groups and nonprofit organizations can apply for free screenings HERE. Applications are due Oct. 22, and winners will be selected by Oct. 31.

Individuals interested in supporting screenings for classrooms around the country can contribute via DonorsChoose.org. Parent company 21st Century Fox will match donations up to $25,000.

The Hate U Give opens nationwide on Friday, October 5th.

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Shailene Woodley, Amandla Stenberg & Nina Dobrev Step Out For Louis Vuitton's Paris Fashion Week Show

Shailene Woodley, Amandla Stenberg & Nina Dobrev Step Out For Louis Vuitton's Paris Fashion Week Show

Shailene Woodley is style goals while arriving at the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019 held at the Louvre on Tuesday (October 2) in Paris, France.

The Big Little Lies actress sat front row along with Amandla Stenberg, Shay Mitchell and Nina Dobrev for the fashion event.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Shailene Woodley

Nina, Shailene, Shay and Amandla also met with Nicolas Ghesquière at the event.

Earlier in the day, both Nina and Shay were spotted around Paris in chic outfits, enjoying the City of Lights.

Check out all the pics of Nina, Shailene, Shay and Amandla at the Louis Vuitton show…

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Amandla Stenberg Reveals Why Her 'Darkest Minds' Role Was So Important

Amandla Stenberg Reveals Why Her 'Darkest Minds' Role Was So Important

Amandla Stenberg heads out of her hotel for an appointment in New York City over the weekend.

The 19-year-old actor recently chatted with Vogue Australia about why her lead role in The Darkest Minds was so important.

“I feel this was an example of more joyous representation,” they shared about how Ruby was a young black lead. “Then there are other projects that I am apart of that feel really specific and how they are politically motivated.”

Amandla added, “I think on screen diversity is paramount to equity, because entertainment and media is such a large part of what shapes how we look at the world.”

“If you are able to have empathy instilled in you for other people who walk different paths in life and have different experiences than you by seeing a movie, I think that is one step towards humanizing them in your own life.”

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