Emmy-Winner Viola Davis Describes Herself As Sexual Assault Survivor At Benefit To Help Children

BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com/AP)  — Viola Davis has seen the effects of sexual assault first hand.

She says her sister was sexually assaulted at age 8 and is now a heroin addict and prostitute.

Davis also described her mother and herself as survivors of sexual assault Sunday at a benefit for the Rape Foundation.

The group provides free medical treatment, counseling and legal aid to rape victims plus special services for children.

Davis — acclaimed in just about anything she’s ever touched (see the impressive list) — has been an advocate for the organization since playing its founder in a 2010 film.

The actress was among the guests of honor at the organization’s annual fundraising brunch.

The event was held at billionaire Ron Burkle’s Greenacres estate in Beverly Hills.

Nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama Viola Davis poses on the red carpet for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards. (credit: AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama Viola Davis poses on the red carpet for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards. (credit: AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Davis currently stars in “How to Get Away With Murder” on ABC.  She was Oscar-nominated for roles in “The Help” and “Doubt.” Her other big and small screen roles include “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Blackhat,” “Third Watch,” “Suicide Squad,” and “Eat Pray Love.”

She won the Tony as best featured actress in a play for “King Hedley II” in in 2001.  In 2010, Davis won the best actress Tony for a revival of “Fences.” She was also nominated for a Tony for her work in the play “Seven Guitars” in 1996.

In addition she’s won or been nominated for a room-filled of Obies, Drama Desk awards, People’s Choice Awards, SAG Awards, National Board of Review, NAACP Image Awards and Critic’s Choice selections.

In 2012, Time Magazine listed her as one of the “100 Most Influential People In the World.”

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  1. GROWAPAIR says:

    Hillary R Clinton 2016!!! She’s endorsed by Black Lives Matter and champions the LGBT community!!!

    1. Joe says:

      It doesn’t surprise me a person of your character wants Hillary. More free stuff!!! It will be at the expense of working class taxpayers of course, but who cares when you’re not the one working for it right?

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