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Bella Thorne shares heartbreaking details of the sexual abuse she endured as a child

The former Disney actress revealed her harrowing experiences on her Twitter account.

By Jonah Waterhouse

Update 09/01/2018: Bella Thorne took to Instagram to share further details of her sexual assault, choosing to upload the post just after the Golden Globes — where Hollywood actors donned black to show their support for the #MeToo movement and the Time's Up campaign, which is raising funds for women to fight their legal battles against their abusers.

Bella detailed her story in her caption, saying: "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"

She then posted an Instagram story saying, emotionally, how proud she is of all the women who have come forward to share their stories of sexual abuse after she received a heap of social media messages of women telling her their accounts of sexual harassment.

Original: With waves of allegations against prominent figures initiated by those on Harvey Weinstein, more and more celebrities are choosing to speak out against the abuse they've been subjected to in Hollywood.

The most recent figure to discuss their experiences of sexual assault is 20-year-old actress Bella Thorne, who also managed to call out a pretty insensitive Twitter troll in the process (something she's no stranger to).

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The ex-Disney actress and social media star, known for her eclectic fashion and high-profile relationships (including an alleged fling with Scott Disick), openly shared that she's a victim of abuse with her near-7 million followers on Twitter.

It came after a Twitter user sub-Tweeted one of the star's photos saying "What did Disney do to this girl?! I think she was molested", to which Bella replied "Yeah I was. So it wasn't Disney."

Bella then followed up the response with a Tweet stating that "The world can be a sick place sometimes."

Understandably, support for Thorne and her experience immediately flooded in on Twitter and her other social media platforms; including from other celebrities and one of her best friends (and once-rumoured girlfriend), 19-year-old YouTuber Tana Mongeau.

Thorne, who grew up in front of the cameras on Disney Channel's Shake It Off with co-star Zendaya, often employs her Twitter account to proclaim her experiences and defend other women. For example, she's called out sexist social media users in the past for criticising Selena Gomez's nip slip, as well as dragging a Twitter user who had the audacity to judge her career choices.

MAJOR props to Bella for sharing her story - we hope her experiences can comfort and assist others who've been victimised by sexual harassment in the past.