Christina Ricci: Rape Prevention Advocacy 'Not As Media Friendly' But 'Really Necessary, Especially Now'

03/27/2015 09:29 am ET | Updated Mar 27, 2015

Christina Ricci wants more celebrities to use their public voice to speak out in support of the victims of rape.

The actress, who has also worked with Planned Parenthood, told HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri on Thursday that she read about the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) as a teenager. She officially joined the group as RAINN's national spokesperson in 2007 after working closely with the group in preparation for a film.

"I used [RAINN] as a resource when I was doing research for 'Black Snake Moan,' and the things that I found out, it was so moving to me that I decided to take a more active part," Ricci said.

The "Lizzie Borden Chronicles" actress said issues like rape and abuse are "not pleasant topics," but she hopes other famous faces won't be deterred in favor of more "glamorous" efforts.

"It's not as media friendly," as some of the more broadly discussed charitable causes, Ricci said. "But it's really necessary, especially now. Rape is such a complicated issue, and a lot of the stigma has to be taken away from it. It's unfortunate that more people don't get involved and take a stand on stuff like this."

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