Jaime King Reveals She Is A Survivor Of Sexual Abuse

"thank you to my soul, body, mind, emotions, my inner child, my younger self"

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Jaime King, the star of Sin City and Hart of Dixie, broke her silence about suffering years of abuse as a youth in a moving Instagram post. She was inspired to speak after seeing Lady Gaga's heartfelt performance of her Oscar-nominated "Til It Happens To You," a song about empathizing by putting yourself in a victim's shoes. Gaga herself said the following day, "After my performance last night I felt a weight lifted. Like I didn't have to hide anymore." It looks like King feels the same, given the powerful message she shared that was all about strength, acceptance, and family.

On Twitter, King referred to herself as a "survivor," and posted the below image of herself at age 14 on Instagram. The caption first thanks her husband, Kyle Newman, and then her children. From there, she thanks people in her life who helped inspire and support her: Lena Dunham, "Til It Happens To You" co-writer Diane Warren, Taylor Swift (the godmother to her youngest son), Amanda de Cadenet (curator of the Girl Gaze photography platform), UN Women, and of course, Lady Gaga.

In the most moving part of the post, she acknowledges her trust and love of herself. "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," King wrote. "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 ends on a note that echoes her newfound calm. "It started at 12. Peace Be Still."

 

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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