Bella Thorne reveals she was sexually and physically abused until she was 14
"Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen," joked Seth Meyers, as he began his monologue at the 75th annual Golden Globes. Last night's event was the first award ceremony to take place since the sexual harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis CK and several other powerful Hollywood figures. As part of the Times Up initiative, almost every actress wore all-black attire to protest sexual harassment and assault against women. Several celebrities even brought activists as dates, including #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and National Domestic Workers Alliance director Ai-jen Poo.
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have inspired women everywhere to speak out against sexual assault and systemic sexism in the workplace. Last night actress Bella Thorne joined the campaigns, writing an emotional post on Instagram. She opened up about her own terrifying experience with abuse, which was both sexual and physical. Sadly, this happened frequently, from the first day she can remember until she was fourteen years old.
"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. 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"
On Twitter, Bella shared the same image, but added a different caption, writing, "I never knew what was right or wrong growing up..I didn’t know the person sneaking into my bed room at night was a bad person."
It couldn't have been easy for the former Disney star to break her silence, but so far the response from her fans has been amazing. Bella's Instagram post has over 475,000 likes, with thousands of users praising her honesty, and sharing their own personal stories. "I’m so damn proud," wrote one follower. "I was groped once and it scars. I didn’t say anything but I guess now is the time."
"Jesus I’m sorry," wrote a follower on Twitter. "I’m truly sorry this happened to you. Thank you for talking about it - please know how damn important this is - breaking the code of silence abusers rely on is vital and doing it is the definition of courage. Please know you’ve likely saved someone with this."
"No person—let alone a young child—should ever face this abusive nightmare, Bella.," wrote another Twitter user. "Years ago, while sitting and talking with my first serious girlfriend in the car, she shared a similar story. It was heartbreaking, but we told her family and the healing began."
This is actually not the first time Bella mentioned her abuse on social media. Last month, Bella shared a photo on Twitter, and a troll rudely commented, "What did Disney do to this girl?! I think she was molested." Bella replied, "Yeah I was. So it wasn't Disney." Last night's Instagram post puts this response in context. (And wow, are people jerks on Twitter.)
We commend Bella for sharing her story and for speaking out against abuse. Hopefully her words can inspire others. As Seth Meyers said in his monologue, "It’s 2018. Marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t. It’s gonna be a good year."