Angela Bassett, Gail Abarbanel and Christina Hendricks arrived at the Rape Foundation’s 2019 Annual Brunch, in Beverly Hills, California.

The Rape Foundation mission is to support comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment for victims of rape, sexual assault and other forms of sexual abuse, adults and children as well as, prevention and education initiatives that reduce the prevalence of these forms of violence and abuse.

During the event, Bassett gave a speech, where she recalled her childhood sexual violations, “Fortunately, it wasn’t a complete assault, it was fondling, but it was devastating enough for a child who’s 12 or 13,” she said.

Bassett emphasized the importance of believing a rape victim, and for that she thanked her mom, ”thankfully, to have a mother who could tell as soon as light broke that this happened and for her to expel him,” she said. “That she heard me, believed me, and did something about it, I think was so empowering for me as a young teen, as a young woman.”

The brunch highlighted stories of sexual assault survivors and raised funds for the Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House at UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center.