'Story Like Mine'

Singer Halsey opens up about surviving sexual assault with powerful poem delivered at Women’s March

Halsey speaking at the Women's March in New York City on Saturday, January 20, 2018. (Twitter)

At the Women’s March in New York City on Saturday, singer-songwriter Halsey delivered a powerful recitation of a poem she wrote about surviving an sexual assault by a former boyfriend.

The poem is titled “A Story Like Mine” and she later posted a video of herself reading it on Twitter. That tweet has now received more than five million views and has racked up 120,000 retweets and more than 230,000 likes as of this writing. “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,” Halsey begins, before opening up about an abusive boyfriend who assaulted her, and performing while going through a miscarriage. “I’ve toured everywhere from Japan to Mar-a-Lago. I even went on stage that night in Chicago when I was having a miscarriage. I mean, I pied the piper, I put on a diaper. And sang out my spleen to a room full of teens.”

She even gave a shoutout to the victims of disgraced USA gymnastics Larry Nassar and criticized President Trump for his silence on the problem of sexual misconduct. “It’s Olympians and a medical resident and not one fucking word from the man who is president!”

Afterward, she posted another tweet mentioning how difficult reading the poem was, but that she was glad to have done it. “This was really hard for me to do but I’m glad I did it. Thank you guys. This is why we rally,” she said. Below, watch the full video of her poem and be aware that it touches on several sensitive themes in a very frank way.

Read the full story at Yahoo.com and read the full poem at Billboard.

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