American actress and model Jaime King revealed in social media that she was sexually abused as a child. King’s revelation was inspired by Lady Gaga’s touching Oscar performance last Sunday.

In an Instagram post, King, 36, shares a photo of herself as a teenager. In a lengthy caption, she thanked the people who were with her in getting over this dark period in her life. Among those mentioned are her husband, actress Lena Dunham and private organizations.

Part of King’s caption reads: “Thank you for the switch that went off inside finally when I realized my silence said I cannot help nor change and that is not who I am. I love you all very much for creating a safe space. The time is now. I was about 14 here, it started at 12. Peace Be Still.”



The Huffington Post reports that following Lady Gaga’s performance at the 88th Academy Awards, King took to Twitter to thank the singer for inspiring her to speak out about her same ordeals.

“Thank you Lady Gaga,”  King wrote. “I finally felt a true healing from years of abuse as a minor in the industry. Time to be brave.”

Lady Gaga performed his Grammy award-winning song “Til It Happens to You” at the awards stage last Sunday. The song, used in the documentary “The Hunting Ground,” brings to light the stigma that characterizes sexual abuses within campuses, writes the Huffington Post.

The singer, who was also a victim of sexual abuse, invited a number of sexual assault survivors to her performance. She was introduced by Vice President Joe Biden.

“Despite significant progress over the last few years, too many women and men on and off college campuses are still victims of sexual abuse,” Biden said in his speech.

Aside from King, “Bachelor in Paradise” alumna Jade Roper was also inspired by Lady Gaga to come forward and reveal that she was raped as a teenager.