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'I'm 14 and I'm Crying': This Powerful Poem on Sexual Assault Will Rip Your Soul Apart

Photo credits: @halsey / Twitter

Photo credits: @halsey / Twitter

'I'm too young to know why it aches in my thighs, but I must lie, I must lie.'

On a day when thousands of women took to the streets to protest against Donald Trump and his administration’s policies, following the #MeToo movement, singer-songwriter, Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, better known as Halsey took to the stage.

“I don’t really know how to do a speech unless it rhymes,” she said. “So I’m gonna do a little poem for you guys.” She then read a heart-wrenching poem to explain the reason why she marches for women's rights. And, it will send shivers down your spine.

In the poem, she recalls her personal experience with multiple instances of sexual assault and rape. A memory from when she was 14 years old, sitting with her friend in Planned Parenthood after her friend had been sexually assaulted and needed a pregnancy test, a sexual assault when she was 8, and being forced into sex by a boyfriend in 2012.

“It's 2009 and I'm 14 and I'm crying
Not really sure where I am but I'm holding the hand of my best friend Sam
In the waiting room of a Planned Parenthood… You see, my best friend Sam was raped by a man that we knew 'cause he worked in the after-school program
And he held her down with her textbook beside her
And he covered her mouth and he came inside her…”

Halsey’s poem was so powerful that it struck a chord somewhere among the women across the world. Many, were moved to tears.










“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 reads about the time she was assaulted when she was barely eight.

In 2012, when Halsey had her first serious boyfriend, he made her feel guilty and forced her into having sex with him. Based off her poem, she felt obligated to perform sexual acts when she didn't want to. In the poem, she said, "I'm confused that he's hurting me, when he says please."

“It's 2018 and I've realized nobody is safe long as she is alive
And every friend that I know has a story like mine
And the world tells me we should take it as a compliment
But then heroes like Ashley and Simone and Gabby, McKayla and Gaga, Rosario, Aly
Remind me this is the beginning, it is not the finale
And that's why we're here
And that's why we rally..” she recited.

In response to the “overwhelming support”, Halsey tweeted that she is “comforted” but also saddened at the thought that so many women can relate.




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