Joshua Bassett On Tweets Minimizing His Sexual Assault

“We are better than this.”

This article contains a discussion on sexual abuse.

Last week, Joshua Bassett revealed to GQ that he had been sexually assaulted as a minor.

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“When I was a teenager, I was routinely abused by a much older man, and I couldn’t see him as he was at the time,” she said, noting that she remembered the experience until last year.

Earlier today, the singer replied in his Instagram story to someone on Twitter who claimed that “men cannot be raped” while mentioning his experience.

“I started when I was 5 years old,” he replied. “You have no idea what you’re talking about and how damaging it is … and we wonder why more people aren’t showing up.”

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Bassett shared more insensitive comments on a second slide with the caption “disgusting.”

“Fortunately I can let these things slip away and not take them personally,” he continued on another slide. “Do me the punching bag all you want, just do me a favor: never, never, never say such vile things to anyone, to anyone else. We are better than this.”

“Those who talk like that are the REASON I keep going. Just because I’m talking doesn’t mean I’m the only one who has something to say, and if I can help ONLY ONE person feel empowered, all the internet bullshit fades away.”

“sending love and light to everyone, including the people who made those comments.”

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, which directs the caller to the closest sexual assault service provider. You can also find your local center here.

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