7 Female Celebrities Who Spoke Out About Being in an Abusive Relationship
If there’s one thing we learned from stars like Debby Ryan, Sarah Hyland and Rihanna, it’s that abusive relationships can happen to anyone at any time. According to Loveisrespect, “nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year” and “one in three adolescents in the US is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.”
Now, after going through such horrific incidents in the public eye, those stars, plus many more, have taken it upon themselves to speak out about dating abuse and educate young people and let them know that they are not wrong and they are not alone. Here are seven female celebrities who have spoken publicly about their abusive relationships.
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Disney Channel star Debby Ryan seemed to have it all: A hit show, a budding music career and thousands of adoring fans. But, like many others, she was facing demons behind closed doors that no one was aware of. The 22 year old revealed:
"Love is freaking hard, and fighting for a relationship is so much work and can be so beautiful, and if you’re going to fight so hard for something that does not make you stronger and better and build you up, something’s wrong…I got to a point of being grabbed, being locked out of rooms, being screamed at, having things thrown at me, cussed at, begged for forgiveness, cried to, all while trying to keep it together and justifying this relationship. And that was the point that I realized maybe there was a red flag...I’m very fortunate because I had people help me get this person out of my life, out of my house — like physically lock the door.”
The actress is now working closely with Mary Kay and Loveisrespect for the Don’t Look Away campaign where she's "raising awareness and hoping to end abuse in dating relationships, especially with young teens and young people.”