Jaime King Reveals She's a 'Survivor' of Sexual Abuse: 'It Started at 12'

Jaime King Reveals She's a 'Survivor' of Sexual Abuse
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02/29/2016 AT 10:00 PM EST

Jaime King is advocating for survivors of sexual assault by bravely sharing her own story.

On the heels of Lady Gaga's "Til It Happens to You" Oscar performance, King, 36, took to Twitter and Instagram on Monday, revealing she's a "survivor" as well.

"Thank you @ladygaga – I finally felt a true healing from years of abuse as a minor in the industry. Time to be brave," the actress tweeted on Sunday.

"Til It Happens to You" was co-written by Gaga and Diane Warren, and was recorded for The Hunting Ground, a documentary about rape on college campuses





King also posted a photo of herself when she was a teenager along with shout outs of those who have helped her including Gaga, Taylor Swift, Lena Dunham and husband Kyle Newman.

"SURVIVOR - Thank you @kyle_newman for loving me whole | My children | @lenadunham for her relentless bravery that always leads my Spirit to stand up," she wrote on Instagram.

"@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," King continued.

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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While she expressed gratitude to her loved ones, the mother of two also acknowledged her own strength.

"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 said. "Thank you to my Soul, body, mind, emotions, my inner child, my younger self, I love you."

Following the Oscars telecast, King reflected on her adolescence, revealing that she was age 12 when she first encountered abuse.

"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 added, concluding, "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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