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.”
SURVIVOR – Thank you @kyle_newman for loving me whole | My children | @lenadunham for her relentless bravery that always leads my Spirit to stand up| Dr. Randy Harris for YEARS of empathy | Michael Hayes @awaketolove ~ there are no words | Dr. Allan Phillips | @erikaklein | @ladygaga | #DianeWarren for breaking me whole last night and tonight| TS I love you for being there no matter what| Thank you to the only people I have told | Thank you to @damhave ~ you know why | Thank you @hooligandreamer| Thank you @amandadecadenet | Thank you to @unwomen & all organizations that have tirelessly worked to somehow comfort & make right | Thank you to myself to not choosing to not make this a cover story though that was what was suggested to me but to express from my heart to you all personally which felt the most honest way for me to speak | Thank you to my Soul, body, mind, emotions, my inner child, my younger self, I love you. It's a night of celebration, of change, of not being ashamed of your race, creed color, situation, circumstances and environment, or past. Now I am free, somewhat. 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 ❤️
“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.