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Riverdale Star Camila Mendes Reveals Her Tattoo Was Designed After Being Roofied & Sexually Assaulted

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We love the honesty and bravery of the stars of Riverdale. Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge on the show, has been known to speak out about her issues with body image and an eating disorder, but during an interview with Women’s Health, she revealed another traumatic event in her past — getting sexually assaulted as a freshman in college.

She has a rib tattoo that reads “to build a home” after what she defined as a “very, very bad experience.” She continued, “I was roofied by someone who sexually assaulted me.”

Though she didn’t delve into the details much during the interview, apart from mentioning she’s taken a very deliberate decision to make all aspects of her life feel safe — she’s said she found strength in getting professional help and seeing a therapist. She talked about the tattoo to Latina Magazine in less specific terms, saying “I went through this whole thing and I realized that you can only establish a sense of self within yourself because everything else around you is going to change no matter what. I created this idea in my head that no matter where I go I’m home because I am — my body is my home.”

Back in 2016, Camila shared a quote from the Stanford Rape victim — a woman we now know as Chanel Miller — on her Twitter.

After Riverdale fans became concerned for Camila, she shared another tweet voicing her support for Chanel.

It’s women supporting women that can make carrying the trauma of your past less burdensome. Hopefully Camila feels she can lean on costar Lili Reinhart, who has also shared her experience with sexual assault by a coworker publicly.

Lili first revealed her sexual assault on Tumblr, during a joint interview with Camila for Cosmopolitan, she said, “In my situation, I know how powerless I felt, because it was my career on the line. It’s hard not to think that your next move dictates your career — aka the rest of your life… [But] it’s in every profession and at every age. It’s represented in our show — it happens to high school girls.”

One day, Camila may feel more empowered to share more about what happened to her — if that’s the right move for her mental health. One thing is for sure, sharing this type of story at all is a brave move, and Camila Mendes is an incredibly powerful woman.

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