Lady Gaga’s Oscar performance of “’Til It Happens to You” has inspired many sexual assault victims to be brave, and actress Jaime King is one of those people moved by the singer’s number.
King came forward as a sexual abuse survivor on Instagram earlier this week posting a close-up photo of her at the age of 14, when she was just starting to make a name for herself in Hollywood.
Former model Jaime King bravely reveals that she is a survivor of sexual abuse: https://t.co/Xv0MJnAeEB pic.twitter.com/oPPTZKEr3g
— VOGUE.CO.UK (@BritishVogue) March 1, 2016
In her post, she thanked her husband Kyle Newman, her children, her doctors, women’s organizations all over the world and friends Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham who have always supported her.
“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,” Jaime King wrote on her Instagram account. “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 was about 14 here, it started at 12. Peace Be Still,” the mother of two revealed, ending her lengthy Instagram post.
SURVIVOR – Thank you @kyle_newman for loving me whole | My children | @lenadunham for her relentless bravery that always leads my Spirit to stand up| Dr. Randy Harris for YEARS of empathy | Michael Hayes @awaketolove ~ there are no words | Dr. Allan Phillips | @erikaklein | @ladygaga | #DianeWarren for breaking me whole last night and tonight| TS I love you for being there no matter what| Thank you to the only people I have told | Thank you to @damhave ~ you know why | Thank you @hooligandreamer| Thank you @amandadecadenet | Thank you to @unwomen & all organizations that have tirelessly worked to somehow comfort & make right | 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 ❤️
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King also thanked Lady Gaga on Twitter for encouraging sexual assault victims to be come together and fight. Gaga responded to her tweet and called King “a warrior leading the way.”
Thank you my sister. There are no words for what your Soul done for me. I love you. https://t.co/sXLG6hekk6
— Jaime King (@Jaime_King) March 1, 2016
The actress’ revelation came after Gaga’s emotional performance of the song “Til it Happens to You” at the Oscars. When Vice President Joe Biden introduced Gaga’s number, he urged everyone to sign the ItsOnUs.org pledge. Biden explained that it is “a pledge that says, ‘I will intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.”