Jasmine V to Domestic Abuse Victims: "You Have a Voice"

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Jasmine Villegas, a.k.a. Jasmine V, has spoken candidly in the past about her struggle in an abusive relationship. The 20-year-old pop star bravely revealed that she was in an abusive and dangerous relationship for a year and a half. 

Before performing at NuvoTV and NCLR's Night of Comedy last weekend, Villegas hit the red carpet to spread awareness about domestic violence. 

"My advice is to never hide it," the singer told reporters before she performed her new song "That's Me Right There" at the event"I hid it and I had five people around me that could've helped me every day. I had so many opportunities when I was alone with those people [who] I could've told, and I didn't because I was so scared."

"My only advice would be, don't ever feel like you don't have a voice in any situation because you do, and don't hide it," she continued. "I feel like you have to have people to help you because, you know, at the time I didn't see anything on TV about domestic violence so I didn't know where to go. I kind of felt like if I told people anything they wouldn't believe me, and I didn't have anywhere to go, so I hid it."

Back in 2012, the pop star released a music video for her song "Didn't Mean It" that doubled as a PSA for domestic violence. "I wanted other young girls who may look up to me and think my life is perfect to see that EVERYONE can be in this position at some point in their lives," she told us. "I also wanted them to know that they don't have to feel ashamed to be in this situation, and that they can get the help they need to get out of an abusive relationship." 

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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