“Every friend that I know has a story like mine.”
Halsey raised her voice Saturday at the Women’s March in New York to shed light on sexual assault, rape and a culture rooted in misogyny.
Instead of delivering a speech Saturday, the 23-year-old singer-songwriter recited an original poem titled “A Story Like Mine” in front of the thousands of marchers who had gathered in Central Park.
Halsey delivered one of Saturday’s most poignant moments when she recited an original poem about sexual assault.
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“A Story Like Mine” shares Halsey’s personal experiences with sexual assault, which include being assaulted as a child, accompanying her best friend to Planned Parenthood, being forced by a boyfriend to have sex, and performing after having a miscarriage.
Halsey also addresses how she believed her fame could protect her from being assaulted, but that she realizes “nobody is safe (as) long as she is alive.”
The poem shouts out members of the U.S. Gymnastics team who have accused team doctor Larry Nassar of sexually abusing them and more than 100 others, as well as President Trump’s silence regarding sexual assault.
Halsey’s powerful poem had some choice words for President Trump.
“And that’s why we’re here, and that’s why we rally,” Halsey read, “It’s Olympians and a medical resident and not one f—ng word from the man who is President.”
Although Halsey’s poem explores past traumas, “A Story Like Mine” ends on a hopeful note.
“There is work to be done/There are songs to be sung/Lord knows there’s a war to be won.”
Katy Perry, Reese Witherspoon, Debra Messing and other celebrities praised Halsey’s poem on social media.
More than 200,000 protesters attended the New York march, according to a senior adviser to Mayor de Blasio.
The event, which occurred on the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration, was one of hundreds of marches for women’s empowerment that took place Saturday.