Actress Teri Hatcher wept after giving an emotional speech at the United Nationson Tuesday detailing her battle for the victims of sexual abuse.
The former Desperate Housewives star broke down in tears after speaking about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her uncle from the age of five.
During her speech at the conference in New York on 25 November 2014 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women Hatcher said, “I am simply one of three women who is forced to accept violence as a part of their life story. I am one of three women who for the rest of her life battles the voice in her head that accepts blame for abuse a voice that is antithetical to self esteem self worth and happiness. This is a statistic that has to change.” I am one in three and I will be the one who yells from the rooftops until those numbers change until every woman who has faced abuse feels less alone and safe enough to find the courage to have her own voice. Until violence against women is no longer a part of any woman’s story silence will not be a part of mine.”
Shortly after the speech she was pictured wiping her eyes as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray stroked her arm in support.
The conference helped launch the Orange YOUR Neighborhood initiative which is part of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women. Those taking part are encouraged to wear orange and decorate their community with the color to raise awareness for the campaign which runs from 25 November 2014 to 10 December 2014.
Hatcher first went public with her sexual abuse story in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2006.