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Bisexual actress Bella Thorne opens up about being sexually abused as a child

Finn Oldfield January 8, 2018

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Bisexual actress and singer Bella Thorne has opened up about being sexually abused when she was a child.

Writing in support of the Time’s Up campaign, the 20-year-old Scream star spoke about how her childhood was plagued with sexual and physical abuse.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Bella Thorne arrives at the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Bella bravely told her story on social media, using her post to highlight what she went through and the struggles of others.

“I was sexually abused and physically growing up from the day I can remember till I was 14,” she wrote.

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Bella added that “when I finally had the courage to lock my door at night and sit by it.

“All damn night,” she added. “Waiting for someone to take advantage of my life again.

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“Over and over I waited for it to stop and finally it did.”

She then focused her moving statement on those in less privileged positions than hers.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Bella Thorne attends the Philipp Plein fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)
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“But some of us aren’t as lucky to get out alive. Please stand up for every soul mistreated. #timesup,” she concluded.

Her statement prompted one fan to reveal how they had been abused from a similarly young age.

“Thx for sharing I myself was sexually abused but it started when I was five and then I was put in the system at 13,” they wrote.

“[T]he two men who did it did not get charged but bella it’s us who make a difference it’s us who come out alive and make [the world] a better place,” they said.

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Bella responded with an outpouring of love.

She said: “awww I love you bb stay strong the system is so f****d up,” she said.

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Bella has spoken about how studios questioned her “image” after she came out as bi in 2016.

Her statement was written in support of Time’s Up.

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Time’s Up is a campaign to end sexual harassment in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct against the likes of Kevin Spacey, Bryan Singer and Harvey Weinstein.

Over 300 stars have pledged their name, time and a $13m legal defence fund to help those in less privileged positions combat the threat of harassment in their workplace.

WANTAGH, NY - AUGUST 19: Bella Thorne attends Day One of 2017 Billboard Hot 100 Festival at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on August 19, 2017 in Wantagh City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Billboard Magazine)
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The open letter, which has been signed by Ellen Page and LGBT allies including Debra Messing, Cate Blanchett and Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba, states that the campaign has been launched “for all victims and survivors to be able to access justice and support for the wrongdoing they have endured.”

Many men and women supporting the campaign wore black to the Golden Globes last night to protest sexual harassment in solidarity.

More: Bella Thorne, bisexual, golden globes, LGBT, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, Time's Up, US

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