Thursday 29 September 2016

Jaime King reveals she's a survivor of child sexual abuse: 'It started at 12'

Published 01/03/2016 | 08:33

Jaime King
Jaime King
Actress Jaime King (L) and recording artist Taylor Swift attend the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party
Jaime King attends the new Gold Collection fragrance launch hosted by Michael Kors featuring Duran Duran at Top of The Standard Hotel on September 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
Jaime King attends the Prabal Gurung Fall 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station on February 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
Jaime King and Taylor Swift

Actress Jaime King has opened up about being sexual abused as a child, crediting Lady Gaga's powerful performance at the Oscars for allowing her time "to be brave".

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Gaga is a vocal advocate for women's rights and has previously opened up about being raped as a teenager and she gave an empowering rendition of Til It Happens To You at Sunday night's ceremony, where she was joined on stage by dozens of sexual assault survivors.

The Golden-Globe winning singer was immediately praised both in Hollywood, reducing stars in the audience to tears, and by fans worldwide and inspired Sin City star King to share her personal story.

"Thank you @ladygaga - I finally felt a true healing from years of abuse as a minor in the industry. Time to be brave.”

She thanked her best friends Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham for their support, her team of doctors and women's organisations around the world and "all organizations that have tirelessly worked to somehow comfort & make right."

The 36-year-old shared a lengthy Instagram post accompanying an image of her at the age of 14 when she was first starting out in Hollywood.

"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," she said.

"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."

Actress Jaime King (L) and recording artist Taylor Swift attend the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party
Actress Jaime King (L) and recording artist Taylor Swift attend the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party
Jaime King attends the Prabal Gurung Fall 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station on February 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
Jaime King attends the Prabal Gurung Fall 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station on February 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

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