It takes a lot of courage for anyone, let alone those constantly in the spotlight, to open up about a traumatic experience—especially something as harrowing as sexual assault. Every 98 seconds, someone in this country suffers this form of abuse, and with today’s victim-blaming culture, survivors often hesitate to speak out for fear of being judged or even accused of lying. But celebrities from Lady Gaga to Paris Jackson are coming forward not only to raise awareness, but also to let these victims know they’re not alone. Here, artists and actresses who have used their public platform on behalf of marginalized victims to help end the stigma surrounding sexual assault.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit rainn.org for confidential support.