Actress Jaime King has revealed that she suffered years of sexual abuse as child by someone that was in the industry, and it began when she was only 12-years-old.
Jaime posted an emotional and moving message, thanking Lady Gaga on Twitter for helping King to not only feel healed but to come to terms with the abuse she endured as a minor. Jaime shared the tweet after she was truly inspired by the singer’s amazing Oscars performance. Lady Gaga later responded to King calling her brave and a warrior.
— Jaime King (@Jaime_King) February 29, 2016
. @Jaime_King you are so brave to come forward, a warrior leading the way. I don’t feel alone anymore watching this happen is unreal.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 1, 2016
Jaime King followed up her reveal tweet with a heartfelt, honest, and very moving message on Instagram. Although Jaime does not go into specific details about the abuse she suffered, King’s overall message comes across clearly and emotionally. Dhe is a survivor and that is the focus of her reveal.
The message begins with the word ‘SURVIVOR.” Jaime then moves on to thank those that have helped her heal since the abuse, including her husband of almost nine years Kyle Newman and her children. King goes on to thank celebrity pals Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and of course, Lady Gaga, plus all of the organizations that have helped her through this ordeal over the years. Then Jaime takes the time to thank herself, which is the most powerful part of her message. The Instagram post is accompanied with a photo of King at age 14.
“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.
It was Lady Gaga’s amazing Oscar performance that inspired Jaime King to share her story. In case you missed it, the American Horror Story actress performed her Oscar nominated song “Till It Happens To You,” which is about sexual assault. Near the end of her outstanding performance, the singer was joined on stage by a group of young men and women who had all survived sexual abuse. Each member of the group had words such as survivor, you are love, unbreakable, and not your fault written across their forearms. These words were exposed for all to see. If that wasn’t moving enough, at the end of the song those on stage joined hands and raised them in solidarity. Lady Gaga and the survivors on stage received a standing ovation by the audience, which showed many A-list stars in tears.
Actress Jaime King is the latest celebrity to come forward and reveal the sexual abuse she suffered as a child. Jaime will now be an inspiration to many who have gone through this same ordeals. It is unbelievably courageous of King and others like her, Kesha for example, to share their story. Any boy, girl, man or woman, who has suffered this kind of abuse, famous or not, is a warrior, a survivor and an inspiration to people everywhere.
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