This is so sad! ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ alum and recent newlywed Jade Roper has made the shocking revelation that she was raped as a teenager, and kept it secret for years until Lady Gaga’s powerful Oscar performance helped her choose to make her story public.
How disturbing! Newlywed Jade Roper, 29, has come forward to reveal that she lost her virginity to a rape while in high school. She claims that Lady’s Gaga‘s heartbreaking performance of “Until It Happens To You” at the Feb. 28 Academy Awards has made her decide to share her story for the very first time. Read on for Jade’s powerful message.
“The sobering statistic [is] that 1 in 5 women will be sexually abused/assaulted by the time they graduate college, 1 in 20 for men,” the reality star wrote in her blog Feb. 29. “Tanner [Tolbert] was surprised by these numbers. Sadly, I was not. I am a part of that statistic.”
“I was raped just shy of my 17th birthday. One night I was at a party with some friends and they ended up leaving without me. They shouldn’t have seemed worried, they left me with a group of guys we were all friends with. I remember going with them to one of the guys’ parents’ house, we had hung out in his basement with friends several times before, so it seemed perfectly normal,” she continues.
“I’m not going to go into detail, but I remember it getting late and I needed to be home for my curfew. I remember one guy holding me down while another got on top of me. I remember them driving me home and my parents were gone, driving around town looking for me. When my parents got home, my dad said he found me in my room on the floor in my underwear, mumbling to him I wasn’t innocent anymore. I was a virgin,” she reveals.
“Now, which is exactly why I am writing this. If one of the causes behind this song was to give girls and women the courage to have a voice, they’ve succeeded. Sharing my story sheds a little more light in a very dark part inside of me. This happened to me and it matters. I matter. And I am worthy of love,” she writes.
“The Lady GaGa performance gave me the courage to speak about my story, a story that’s been trapped inside me for over 12 years. I hope that sharing my experience will help girls and women know that they are not alone. And that you have to voice things in order for things to change. And always always always: You matter.” Bravo Jade for bravely sharing your story with the world.
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