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