The actress shared her story in support of the Time's Up movement.

By Renee Cherry
January 08, 2018
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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.