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JAIME KING has spoken out on behalf of survivors of childhood sexual abuse, by bravely sharing her own story. The model-turned-actress was motivated to reveal what she has gone through after hearing Lady Gaga’s performance of her Oscar-nominated song Til It Happens To You at Sunday night’s Academy Awards.

King used Instagram to publicly thank those who have helped her in different ways over the years, sharing a picture of herself at age 14 and revealing that the abuse began when she was 12: “Thank you for the switch that went off inside finally when I realised 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.”

She also praised her husband, Kyle Newman, for “loving me whole”; Lena Dunham for “her relentless bravery that always leads my spirit to stand up”;Taylor Swift, who is godmother to her younger son, for “being there no matter what”; and to herself for “not choosing to make this a cover story, though that was what was suggested to me, but to express from my heart to you all personally”; as well as, of course, Lady Gaga, who prompted her revelation.

Jaime feeding her newborn son alongside husband Kyle and elder son James

Jaime feeding her newborn son alongside husband Kyle and elder son James

The American singer performed the song – which she co-wrote and recorded for The Hunting Ground; a documentary about rape on college campuses – on stage with other survivors of sexual assault. Lady Gaga has been open about her own recovery from rape, tweeting yesterday: “One in six women will be raped by time they leave college. As survivor myself, I’m happy to be here to give survivors a stage.”

King – who appeared on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk during her time as a model, before moving on to acting credits including Hart of Dixie with Rachel Bilson – has received an outpouring of praise and support on social media for her bravery and candour, with many followers sharing their own stories of abuse and their recovery.

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