Bella Thorne’s Unexpected Sexual Assault Reveal Is A Lesson To Slut Shamers On Sympathy

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“Midnight Sun” actress Bella Thorne is the latest figure in entertainment to come forward on Twitter about her experience as a sexual assault survivor. Sadly, instead of coming forward like many women of the #MeToo movement as a show of strength and to call out rampant sexual assault and harassment, Thorne’s personal story was shared with millions of followers after one user slut-shamed her on Twitter.

A few days ago, a Twitter user made fun of Thorne over a pic she’d posted to her page.

The shaming began after Thorne had posted a photo of herself in a purple suit with the caption “I would fuck this suit if I could.”

In response to the user, Thorne revealed that she is, in fact, a survivor of sexual violence.

It was a response that was quick, to the point, and revealed all the pain Thorne has had to endure.

The love and support she received from fans after she shared her story has been pretty strong.

Some pointed out that, as women, we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t. Women like Thorne who assert themselves as sexual are written off as “hoes” or “sluts.” While women who don’t talk about their sexuality get labels like “prude” or “frigid.” Most fans were quick to come to Thorne’s defense and remind users that they ought to treat each other better.

Unfortunately, as one user pointed out, Thorne has hardly been a stranger to incidents of slut shaming.

Her posts on Instagram and Twitter, which are often littered with a dog pile of criticisms on the way she dresses, maintains her hygiene, who she dates, and how she dates, are proof of that. Last year, the actress was publicly shamed by singer Charlie Puth, who mistakenly accused her of dating someone else behind his back. Within minutes snake emojis, threats, and name-calling raged across her various social media platforms.

Thorne’s attackers made their rounds on her social pages again earlier this year after celebrity blogger Perez Hilton baited users into slug shaming the actress with a photo and caption that read “fill in the blank: @BellaThorne _____.” All of these are far from isolated incidents. Media coverage of the actress regularly dives into critiques on the star’s unpolished image or the transparency of her tops, while also hitting hard at the lengths of both her skirts and relationships.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar from earlier this year, the 20-year-old actress admitted that the incessant bullying can take a toll. “Can you imagine two million people saying they don’t like something about you?”

Her latest interaction with fans is packed with lessons for the people of Twitter.

One user pointed out that Thorne’s reveal is a reminder that it’s easy to pick on someone from behind a screen, and that we’re all still obligated to use social media responsibly. “Take-downs” have become commonplace on platforms like Twitter, where users see an opportunity to pile on a celebrity or the internet’s latest viral subject to shower them with harassment and threats. In a world where the viral spread of a video or message can end a person’s career, relationships, and often times even their lives, we must be sure that we wield these tools carefully.

Plus, you never know what a person is currently going through or has previously gone through.

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