Bella Thorne Tells Followers to 'Stay Strong' Following Her Sexual Abuse Revelation

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Making the decision to talk about sexual abuse is one of the biggest challenges victims face.

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And when Bella Throne opened up about her abusive past, she never expected to receive so much love. During the 2018 Golden Globes, the Famous in Love actress stood in solidarity with the powerful Hollywood women wearing black in response to the Time's Up movement, by sharing her past sexual abuse. In a revelating Instagram post, the Cuban-America star told her followers she was abused 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. 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," Thorne captioned the photo. 

 

Heartfelt messages began pouring on the 20-year-old's comment section of the photo, thanking her for her bravery to speak out. One user wrote, "Thank you for sharing and empowering children and women everywhere who experience the same thing and are made to feel shamed, when it is the criminals go molest, rape, and harass children and girls who should feel the shame!"

Thankful for all the supportive messages, a tearful Thorne took to Instagram Stories to express her gratitude for all the love she was receiving. "I'm on Twitter 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," the former Disney Channel star tells her fans. "Stay strong. Peace. I love you guys."

 

 

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The actress isn't the only Latina celeb who has opened up about her abusive past. Following the sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Salma Hayek and Lupita Nyong'o came forward with their own #metoo story.