Singer Jordan Pruitt, who competed in the third season of “The Voice” in 2012, is opening up about being molested as a teen and its lingering effects.
The now-27-year-old wrote of the “insurmountable, undeniable, irrefutable amount of pain” she suffered, beginning at 14, in a Facebook post shared Monday.
She writes of her assailant’s eyes, which she says, were fixated on her during a shoot.
“As I filmed my music video, ‘Jump to the Rhythm’ (used for the 2007 Disney Channel TV movie “Jump In!”), those eyes were watching my every move,” she said. “As I watch this video back now, I see this young girl laughing and smiling, but inside I was feeling trapped.
“All I remember is the feeling of being totally isolated from the world,” she added, reflecting on her state. “This man had taken what was supposed to be one of the best experiences of my life, and gave me the worst memory of it. To this day, I won’t watch that video.”
Pruitt also writes of feeling confused about their relationship.
“I do remember having a childish crush. This person was helping make ALL of my dreams come true, and thought I was so talented at every single thing I did,” she wrote. “I didn’t think anything was wrong until I felt this pit in my stomach. I KNEW something was wrong.”
“At fifteen this person had brainwashed me into thinking that the things that were happening were ‘natural’ and ‘okay,’ ” she continued of the man, whom she said was engaged at the time. “While I will spare you any of the mind-piercing details, I can honestly and unfortunately say that this man sexually abused me for almost two years of my life. I am a victim of child molestation because of him.”
Pruitt said she confided about the abuse in a friend who told her parents, who then notified the authorities. The artist said lied to the police, telling them simply her abuser was obsessed with her.
“They didn’t file anything and my parents even knowing that this man was fantasizing about me, were obviously enraged,” she wrote. “This was another reason why I didn’t say (anything) until now. I was scared. I am still scared sometimes at 27.”
Pruitt paints the months that followed as “the most painful” she’s ever gone through.
“This person had brainwashed me against my parents and even made me believe that I needed to get emancipated from them at some point because they were too controlling,” she wrote, adding he convinced her that her parents were after her money.
“He made it almost impossible for me to cut ties with him,” she said, which had detrimental affects to her mental health. “At this point, I wasn’t even eating and could barely get out of bed. I remember very vividly staying in my room for two weeks straight and contemplating suicide every single day.”
Still, Pruitt’s revelation included a message of hope for her fans.
“I remember feeling so dirty. My whole life since I was 14, has been about withholding truths from everyone… But, now you know,” she wrote. “I want everyone to know that through ANY horrible experience YOU are not over, and YOUR LIFE is not over.”
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