Former Disney Channel actress Bella Thorne has shown some major support for TikTok star Loren Gray via social media. The Shake It Up alum’s Instagram Stories post came just a few days after the influencer revealed in a heartfelt TikTok video that she was sexually assaulted at the age of 12.
Bella — who shared her own physical and sexual abuse story back in January 2018 — reposted a photo of Loren alongside a caption that told, what she called, her “real story.” Although the starlet didn’t add any commentary of her own, the message of support was apparent.
For those who missed it, on May 1, the blonde beauty uploaded a new video and went public with her past experience.
“This is me, over five years ago, not long before my 13th birthday,” the now 18-year-old captioned a series of photos in the video, which has since gone viral. “At this time, I had my innocence stolen from me in the basement of someone I trusted. I only told one person and to this day she remains my best friend. We cried in my bathroom together for hours.”
@lorengrayTW. when I say you have helped me more than you know, I truly mean it.♬ original sound – marbarboyce
“I struggled to put the pieces together as to why this had happened to me. It took two months for me to finally tell my parents. I felt dirty, hopeless, broken and worthless. I was confused and scared. I felt like it was my fault,” she continued, before explaining why she decided to tell her story. “I’m 18 now and I’ve realized that my past does not define me. It was never my fault and I never deserved it. I came out stronger and I’m so proud of myself. There is light at the end of the tunnel and if my story can help even ONE person, then to me it’s a story worth telling.”
She also admitted on Twitter that the decision to share this story came after she “received a message that somehow someone knew” about her experience. Loren explained that she wanted to “be the one to tell my story.” She also thanked fans for all their support over the years. “My life truly changed when you all came into it,” she told them.
The singer concluded, “I hope that this can shed some light on the gravity of sexual assault and provide some hope for anyone who can relate. Love you all so much. Thank you for listening.”
If you or anyone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). A trained staff member will provide confidential, judgment-free support as well as local resources to assist in healing, recovering and more.
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