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Halsey has opened up about her sexual assaults in an emotional speech attacking Donald Trump

Josh Jackman January 22, 2018
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Halsey speaking at the New York City Women's March in January (halsey/instagram)

Halsey has given a stunning speech about the sexual assaults that she’s suffered.

The bisexual pop star, who has repeatedly spoken out about her sexuality and released multiple bi love songs, also attacked President Donald Trump for his alleged assaults and apathy.

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 31:  Halsey performs on stage during G-Easy + Halsey Ring in the New Year 2018at E11EVEN on December 31, 2017 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images for E11EVEN)
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Speaking to thousands of protesters at the Women’s March in New York City, Halsey described three sexual assaults that she has experienced, as well as how her friend was raped.

The 23-year-old told the crowd that the first assault happened in 2002, when she could not have been more than eight years old.

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“The stairwell beside apartment 1245 will haunt me in my sleep for as long as I am alive,” she read.

“And I’m too young to know why it aches in my thighs, but I must lie, I must lie.”

Halsey detailed two more assaults, in 2012 – when she would have been 17 or 18 – and another just last year.

She said: “A man that I trust gets his hands in my pants / But I don’t want none of that, I just wanted to dance / And I wake up the next morning like I’m in a trance and there’s blood.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31:  Halsey performs onstage during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 on December 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for dcp)
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“Is that my blood? Hold on a minute.”

The star told the crowd: “It’s 2018 and I’ve realised nobody is safe long as she is alive”.

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 31:  Halsey performs on stage during G-Easy + Halsey Ring in the New Year 2018 at E11EVEN on December 31, 2017 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images for E11EVEN)
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Halsey name-checked women who have come forward as part of the #MeToo movement to speak out about their sexual assault, including Ashley Judd, Simone Biles and Lady Gaga.

She told the protesters that these “heroes” reminded her that “this is the beginning, it is not the finale / And that’s why we’re here / And that’s why we rally.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31:  Halsey performs onstage during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 on December 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for dcp)
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The singer-songwriter then took aim at Trump, saying: “It’s Olympians and a medical resident and not one f***ing word from the man who is President!”

In a powerful finale, Halsey urged the crowd to “love your neighbour, please treat her kindly / Ask her story and then shut up and listen.

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 20: Thousands march down 4th Avenue during the Women's March on January 20, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. Across the nation hundreds of thousands of people are marching on what is the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's swearing-in to protest against his past statements on women and to celebrate women's rights around the world. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
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“Black, Asian, poor, wealthy, trans, cis, Muslim, Christian / Listen, listen and then yell at the top of your lungs / Be a voice for all those who have prisoner tongue.”

Writing on Instagram, she explained how the poem, called “A Story Like Mine,” came to be.

Protesters, part of a 500,000 strong crowd, attend the Women's Rally on the one-year anniversary of the first Women's March in Los Angeles, California on January 20, 2018. Protestors took to the streets en masse across the United States Saturday, hoisting anti-Donald Trump placards, banging drums and donning pink hats for a second Women's March opposing the president -- one year to the day of his inauguration. Hundreds of thousands of marchers assembled in Washington, New York, Chicago, Denver, Boston, Los Angeles and other cities nationwide, many donning the famous pink knit "pussy hats" -- a reference to Trump's videotaped boasts of his license to grope women without repercussions. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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“I was asked to give a speech and I panicked for days. I wasn’t sure where to start,” she said.

“The night before the march I penned this poem at 2 in the morning and the words spilled out of me like white water rushing down a river bend.

TOPSHOT - Protesters, part of a 500,000 strong crowd, during the Women's Rally on the one-year anniversary of the first Women's March, when millions marched around the world to protest US President Donald Trump's inauguration, in Los Angeles, California on January 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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“I didn’t realise how emotional it would be for me to speak my truth but it was. And I’m so happy I did it.”

She continued: “The support I’ve received since is overwhelming and it’s humbling and as a POET (which I always have been, songs or not) it was unbelievable to see people actually get the message.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31:  Halsey performs onstage during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 on December 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for dcp)
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“And terrifying and comforting and confusing to see how many had stories to share that reinforced the sentiment and the title.

“We have a long way to go. But I’m thankful we are united over this.”

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 17: Halsey performs at Y100's Jingle Ball 2017 at BB&T Center on December 17, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
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Unfortunately, the Women’s Marches were dogged by accusations of transphobia, as pussy hats and hateful signs marred some attendees’ experiences.

Watch Halsey’s stunning speech here:

Related topics: bisexual, Donald Trump, entertainment, halsey, metoo, Music, New York City, sexual assault, US, US, women's march

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