Bella Thorne Reveals She Was Sexually Assaulted Until She Was 14
The actress shared her story in support of the Time's Up movement.
Actors dressed in black at the Golden Globes last night to draw attention to Time's Up, a movement against workplace sexual assault, harassment, and inequality. Bella Thorne didn't attend, but she showed her solidarity with the movement in another way. The Famous In Love actress made a shout-out to the movement in an Instagram post while revealing that she had a personal connection to the cause: She had been sexually abused during her childhood until she was 14.
"I was sexually abused and physically growing up from the day I can remember till I was 14...when I finally had the courage to lock my door at night and sit by it. All damn night. Waiting for someone to take advantage of my life again," Thorne captioned a photo of herself in a black coat. "Over and over I waited for it to stop and finally it did. But some of us aren't as lucky to get out alive. Please today stand up for every soul Mistreated. #timesup." (Reese Witherspoon also recently revealed that she was sexually assaulted when she was younger.)
Thorne previously alluded to the abuse in December in a reply to a Tweet. To a person who tweeted about her, saying "What did Disney do to this girl?! I think she was molested," Thorne responded, "Yeah I was. So it wasn't Disney."
We applaud Thorne for opening up about the painful memories in hopes of increasing awareness of sexual assault. (Related: Evan Rachel Wood Says All the Talk About Sexual Assault Is Triggering Painful Memories) We hope her story helps other victims know that they're not alone.