(USA Today) Actress Bella Thorne shared a personal story with fans on Sunday, with the hashtag #TimesUp.
"I was sexually abused," the 20-year-old wrote on Instagram, the same day that stars at the Golden Globe Awards sent a message of female empowerment.
The former Disney star said that she was physically harmed by someone who would enter her bedroom at night uninvited, "from the day I can remember till I was 14." Finally, Thorne said, she had the "courage to lock my door at night and sit by it. All damn night."
I was sexually abused and physically growing up from the day I can remember till I was 14..when I finally had the courage to lock my door at night and sit by it. All damn night. Waiting for someone to take advantage of my life again. Over and over I waited for it to stop and finally it did. But some of us aren't as lucky to get out alive. Please today stand up for every soul Mistreated. #timesup
On Twitter, she added that she "never knew what was right or wrong growing up" because "I didn't know the person sneaking into my bed room at night was a bad person."