Right before Sunday night’s Golden Globes, where many attendees wore black in support of women who’ve endured sexual harassment, Bella Thorne joined in the cause.
The Pembroke Pines native, who attended Lakeside and Chapel Trail elementary schools, had something to get off her chest on social media.
Thorne admitted she, too, was a victim of sexual misconduct.
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Thorne tweeted: “I never knew what was right or wrong growing up. I didn’t know the person sneaking into my bedroom at night was a bad person. #timesup”
She was referencing the newly launched Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, created by the National Women’s Law Center, which will help women and men pursue sexual harassment cases stemming from the workplace. The Fund, launched Monday to fight harassment in Hollywood and beyond, has already raised more than $16 million through a gofundme campaign.
On Instagram, Thorne went into detail:
“I was sexually abused … from the day I can remember till I was 14. [W]hen 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.”
The 20-year-old, who starred in the Disney Channel series “Shake It Up,” got some backlash from followers, who accused her of posing for too many sexy selfies.
But many people came to the former Disney star’s defense, too. One Twitter user wrote that it’s “very common for victims to go down a rough or wild path after going through such a traumatic thing. They have been violated not just physically but mentally as well. Some may have feelings of guilt as they were told to keep it a “secret” & issues with trusting people again.”
The “Autumn Falls” author does not name the person who abused her. What we know of her past, her father died in a car accident when she was 10 and she was raised by a single mother.