'90210's' AnnaLynne McCord: Naomi won't speak up about sexual assault

annallynne-mccord-90210-320.jpgIn the final scenes of the " 90210" season-ender, Naomi ( AnnaLynne McCord) was sexually assaulted by her teacher. McCord tells TV Squad that she hopes that she can use the incident to support and empower real-life victims of sexual assault.

"I like to be able to speak out about things and use the opportunity to be in the public eye and have notoriety in order to pump my issues, whatever they are," she says. "For me it's very important to reach out to my fans and let them know if they experience any kind of physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, that they need to speak up about it."

Naomi, however, won't be speaking up too soon. "She feels like she put herself in a position where she doesn't have a voice," McCord says, speaking of the fact that Naomi "cried wolf" about sexual harassment earlier in the season.

"For me it's very important to reach out to my fans and let them know if they experience any kind of physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, that they need to speak up about it. I do think, given the conversation with the showrunner before the end of the season, that in the new season we're going to see what happens when you don't deal with it, when you don't speak up about it."

As a result of the assault, Naomi will take a "darker turn." McCord says we shouldn't expect to see her open up to her friends or to authorities right away. "I think you'll still see the Naomi who's flamboyant and covers her problems because she can't let anyone know that she's in pain or she's hurting."

"She's going to have to cover more. You're going to see her act out -- we talked about... her acting out, her being a klepto, we talked about a lot of different things. I don't really know in what direction we're going to go, but you're going to see her take a darker turn."

It's so important to McCord that victims speak up that she wants to personally help those who feel that they can't. "If you can't talk to anyone, find a way to contact me -- not the people impersonating me  -- actually contact me and I will do something about it," she promises.

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