The impact of open discussion on important social topics is spreading throughout Hollywood.
Jaime King came forth to share her personal history of sexual violence through a candid Instagram post one day after Lady Gaga‘s powerful performance of “Til It Happens to You” at the 2016 Academy Awards.
King shared this photo of herself as a teenager along with a message to her followers that reveals that she is a “survivor”.
“Thank you @kyle_newman for loving me whole,” she begins in her caption. “My children, @lenadunham for her relentless bravery that always leads my Spirit to stand up, Dr. Randy Harris for YEARS of empathy.”
She continues by thanking Lady Gaga and Diane Warren among friends and organizations that are working to remove the stigma from discussing sexual violence.
“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,” concludes King. “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.”
Several women in Hollywood, including Dunham and Adele, have recently come forth to show their support to Kesha, who alleges that her longtime producerDr. Luke sexually abused her during their tenure in her recording contract.