Camila Mendes Reveals She Was Drugged and Sexually Assaulted During Freshman Year in College

Camila Mendes is opening up about a dark experience.

The 25-year-old “Riverdale” star revealed to Women’s Health magazine she was sexually assaulted during her freshman year at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

“I had a very, very bad experience,” she said in her October cover story, published online Monday. “I was roofied by someone who sexually assaulted me.”

Mendes said this experience inspired her to get a tattoo of the phrase “to build a home” in cursive above her rib cage.

Since her assault, Mendes told the magazine she has promised to make sure everything in her life makes her feel safe and comfortable – and her tattoo reminds her to empower both herself and her environment.

“Whenever I feel like I’m going through something difficult, I think about what I can do physically for myself,” she said.

Mendes is not the only “Riverdale” star who has gotten candid about her experiences.

In 2017, Mendes’ co-star Lili Reinhart penned a Tumblr post where she recounted how a “significantly older” man “in a position of power” pressured her to have sex.

“I’m not comfortable giving specific details about the situation because I don’t feel it’s necessary,” Reinhart wrote. “All that matters is that he tried to force himself on me when we were on a date.”

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USA TODAY
CHARLES TREPANY