Camila Mendes Reveals She Was Drugged and Sexually Assaulted in College

Brenda Watkins
September 11, 2019

In a new interview with Women's Health, the 25-year-old actress reveals that, while in college, she was both drugged and the victim of a sex crime.

Currently, Camila is very happy and in love with her boyfriend and Riverdale co-star Charles Melton.

The actress opens up in a new interview with Women's Health this week.

"I've always, always wanted nothing more than stability", said Mendes, who moved 12 times before the age of 18 due to a combination of her parents' divorce and her dad's career.

After the incident, she made a decision to get a tattoo, the phrase "to build a home" across her ribs in cursive, as a reminder to build a life that makes her feel safe. "I danced for seven years.Then I did musicals as a kid, then so much of acting school is movement classes and connecting your breath to your body".

It's a mantra she carries with her to this day: the CW star says she always thinks about what she can do "physically for [her] self" whenever she goes through a hard time.

Through her character Veronica, Camila has been able to have a cathartic release by facing some of her biggest fears head on - like when Nick tried to sexually assault Veronica in season 2.

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She blinks back tears as she explains to the publication, 'I got the tattoo after my freshman year'. "The activity has always been an essential part of my life". If I said something, maybe the production would be halted ... people would be put out of work. "I think it's so underrated".

On recovering from an eating disorder: "I've only recently kind of gotten better".

She hopes her story will help others in the same position as her.

"I feel the need to share a story of my own personal experience where a man in a position of power over me, used that said power to try and take advantage of me", wrote Reinhart, 22, in October 2017.

"When I was a teenager, there were no role models when it came to body positivity-that simply was not a thing". Health is what's important, not appearance.

Taking to Instagram, she said: "When did being thin become more important than being healthy?" And Mendes chooses to eat ice cream now and again because, hey, ice cream is definitely good for the soul, she says.

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