Stacey Dash says that an abusive relationship is a dehumanizing experience.
The Clueless star is opening up to ET about her new book, There Goes My Social Life, where she candidly recalls her own experience with domestic abuse.
"If anything, that was just me not having any self-worth," the 49-year-old actress tells ET's Nischelle Turner of her decision at the time to keep going back to an abusive environment. "You lose your sense of humanity. You don't even feel human anymore. So, you feel like you have no rights, and you feel like there's a part of you that feels like you deserve it."
Dash credits the birth of her now 25-year-old son with her change in perspective.
"It took me having my son, and having something happen with my son there, for me to say, 'No. My child will not go through this,'" she explains. "My child's life was more important to me."
The conservative activist also opens up about the ongoing reports surrounding Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, amid the allegations of abuse the 30-year-old actress says her estranged husband, 52, inflicted on her during their one-year marriage.
"Why now? Why are you telling now?" Dash says of the allegations. "Why didn't you tell then?"
Dash is quick to point out, however, that she is not saying she believes Heard is being dishonest.
"I'm not saying that," she adds. "I'm saying that, if it's true, then do what you have to do."
Heard filed for divorce
from the Depp on May 23, saying that during the "entirety" of their relationship, Depp had been "verbally and physically abusive" to her. A number of Depp's friends and family have spoken out in his defense, and Depp's divorce attorney, Laura Wasser, said in court documents that Heard is "attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."
Their next court date is set for June 17.
Watch the video below for more of our interview with Stacey Dash.