Halsey has opened up about her own experiences with sexual assault in a powerful and honest poem.
The star read the poem at the Women’s March in New York City on Saturday and it is now going viral, inspiring others who have had similar experiences and encouraging people to stand up for Planned Parenthood.
“Love your neighbor, please treat her kindly, ask her story and then shut up and listen,” Halsey added.
“For the people who had to grow up way too young, there is work to be done.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
“It’s 2017 and I live like a queen and I’ve followed damn near every one of my dreams,” she said. I believe I’m protected ’cause I live on a screen, nobody would dare act that way around me.” “Until a man that I trust gets his hands in my pants but I don’t want none of that, I just wanted to dance,” she continued. I’ve toured everywhere from Japan to Mar-a-Lago,” she continued.
“And I wake up the next morning like I’m in a trance and there’s blood. “I even went on stage that night in Chicago when I was having a miscarriage.
“He’s got a case of Matchbox cars and he says that he’ll teach me to play the guitar if I just keep quiet.
And the stairwell beside apartment 1245 will haunt me in my sleep for as long as I am alive and I’m too young to know why it aches in my thighs, but I must lie, I must lie.” She continued, “It’s 2012 and I’m dating a guy and I sleep in his bed and I just learned how to drive and he’s older than me and he drinks whiskey neat and he’s paying for everything, this adult thing is not cheap.” “We’ve been fighting a lot, almost 10 times a week and he wants to have sex, and I just want to sleep,” she added.