updated 02/06/2014 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/06/2014 AT 4:30 PM ET
It was a letter she wished she never had to write, about something she says she wished had never happened.
Dylan Farrow says it took all the courage she had to finally pen the emotional open letter she sent to the New York Times detailing her claim that her adoptive father, Woody Allen, had sexually molested her as a child, she exclusively tells PEOPLE.
“It took all of my strength and all of my emotional fortitude to do what I did this week in the hope that it would put the truth out there,” says Dylan, 28, now a happily married writer. “That is my only ammunition. I don’t have money or publicists or limos or fancy apartments in Manhattan. All I have is the truth and that is all I put out there.”
When she spoke out for the first time about the allegations of abuse in Vanity Fair’s October issue, her comments were overshadowed by the revelation that her brother Ronan, 26, might be the biological child of Frank Sinatra instead of Allen, which left her feeling “that no one cared,” says a family friend.
Allen, 78, has vehemently denied any abuse, with his rep telling PEOPLE, “Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful.”
Throughout a criminal investigation and bitter custody battle in 1992 and 1993, Allen maintained that he never molested Dylan and accused Dylan’s mother, Mia Farrow, of coaching Dylan to repeat a false story. Farrow has always emphatically denied that.