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Actress Bella Thorne reveals she was sexually abused repeatedly until the age of 14

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The Disney star shared her personal account of abuse in an emotional Instagram post

Anna Freeman

09 Enero 2018 16:25

Bella Thorne opened up about years of abuse she alleges happened to her incessantly until the age of 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,’ she wrote in an emotional Instagram post.

‘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.’

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On Twitter, she elaborated, 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. #timesup.’

Thorne’s post coincided with the 75th Golden Globe Awards, where many attendees wore black in support of the Time’s Up movement, which focuses on combating discrimination, harassment and abuse in the workplace.

Thorne has not named her alleged abuser, but it seems likely that it was someone close to her and her family, given that they had access to her bedroom night after night.

The actress took to Instagram following her revelations to thank fans for their messages of love and support. In a a very teary clip, Thorne said: ‘Reading about all the people sharing your sexual abuse stories with me from mine and I just want to say I’m really proud of all you guys.’

‘I’m really proud. Stay strong. Peace. I love you guys,’ she added.

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