Monday 19 August 2019

The Voice UK singer opens up about being sexually assaulted at just 12 years old

The Voice UK contestant Lara Lee has revealed she was sexually assaulted at the age of just 12
The Voice UK contestant Lara Lee has revealed she was sexually assaulted at the age of just 12
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Voice UK singer Lara Lee has revealed she was sexually assaulted at the age of 12.

Lara, who won her battle to remain on Tom Jones' team last night, opened up about living rough on the streets and the consequences for her safety as a young girl.

Lara Lee battling Kim Alvord on The Voice UK
Lara Lee battling Kim Alvord on The Voice UK

Speaking to The Sun, she said she was sleeping in Leicester Square and Kennington Park at night and was usually by herself or with one other girl.

"We’d always have a massive bottle of cider or vodka," she said. "Men used to approach me every day. They were very sexual — talking to me about my breasts and calling me a woman.

“Some wouldn’t take no for an answer, even when I said I was 12.

“One guy started groping me, but I managed to push him away. At the time I brushed it off, I didn’t realise how wrong it was of him to do that.

“It was only years on that I looked back and saw it for what it was — sexual assault. It was sickening."

Lara said she "blocked a lot of things out" for most of her teens but as she got older she realised the horror of those experiences and how they have affected her.

Last night Lara, who wowed Tom in her blind audition with 'There Are Worse Things I Could Do' from Grease, was pitted against Kim Alvord, but emerged triumphant from the battle.

Watch her performances below:

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