GoT's Sansa sex assault story inspired star's activism

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

Warning: The following article contains descriptions of sexual assault that readers may find upsetting.

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner has credited her storylines on the HBO series with opening her eyes about the issue of sexual assault.

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Turner was of course involved in a still-controversial storyline in Game of Thrones' fifth season in which her character Sansa Stark was raped by her husband Ramsay Bolton.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Turner acknowledged that it was through acting out those disturbing scenes that she first learned about the reality that many victims face every day.

"I got my sex education from this show, and a historical education," she explained. "I definitely got educated on [assault] as well, and that spurred me to be an activist."

Sansa's fortunes have now been reversed as she rules Winterfell with her half-brother Jon Snow, but those traumatic experiences still impact her decision-making.

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"Sansa has a lot of struggles with who she trusts and the power she now has," the actress explained.

Those struggles first started playing out in Sunday's season premiere, and could very well lead to a rift between Sansa and Jon Snow in the episodes to come.

Game of Thrones continues this Sunday (July 23) on HBO in the US and on Monday (July 24) on Sky Atlantic in the UK. Watch a teaser below:

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of sexual violence. If you've been affected by the issues raised in Bethany's storyline, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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