Loren Gray shared an emotional video where she opened up about her sexual assault that happened when she was just 12.
The now 18-year-old TikTok star and singer shared the visual on her TikTok account, opening up about the account.
“This is me, over five years ago, not long before my 13th birthday,” Loren started, sharing a throwback pic. “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.”
She continued, “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.”
“I was homeschooled and began making videos to pass the time and ease some of the loneliness and isolation I had felt. People were watching my videos and although I was still struggling, I felt like I had finally found people who cared, regardless of my situation,” Loren went on. “Although, every now and then the comments and questions would be too much. ‘She looks like a whore.’ ‘Are you a virgin?’”
Loren added that she was “always afraid to tell people my story, fearing people would view me differently and I would lose those I cared about. 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,” she shared. “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.”
After she posted the video, Loren also added a thank you to fans offering their love and support for her on Twitter.