“It wasn’t until #MeToo started that I was like, ‘Wow, maybe that wasn’t OK,'” the reality star says of her abusive experience.
"There’s been a breakthrough" for Courtney Stodden, who sings about her experience with sexual assault and her journey of recovery in her new single, "Me Too."
Released Tuesday, Stodden’s melodic track dives into the incidents she spoke about publicly back in March, when she claimed she had been sexually abused twice during the time she was separated from her husband, Doug Hutchison. She married him when she was 16 years old and he was 50.
"There’s no escaping uneasy energy / Misogyny is out of style / There’s been a breakthrough / Now all I wear is a smile / We’re stronger than they ever knew," the reality star sings in the single. "Me too / Me too / Me too / Me too / Only caring about himself / Intimidation will work well / I was left overpowered."
The former "Celebrity Big Brother" and "Couples Therapy" star explained the meaning and importance of the song on Twitter, writing, "It’s an honest look at my own personal experiences with sexual assault at such a young age. I have a voice. And so do you!"
"Misogyny is out of style," she added.
Stodden first spoke about the abuse on "The Tomorrow Show," revealing she never told Hutchinson about any of it.
"When the first incident happened, I — you know — didn’t tell [Doug]. It was actually during the first time we separated. It actually happened to me two times when we were separated," she said. "At that age, ya know, I was only 19 when my first experience happened. I didn’t really think it was wrong, which is the crazy part."
"I felt like, ‘OK, well that’s how sex is,’" she continued. "I only had sex with one man before that — that was Doug. [He was ] so gentle. Not to get explicit, but I was like, ‘OK, maybe that’s just a rough way of going on a date.’ I really didn’t realize it was sexual abuse until I started hearing these women talking."
"It wasn’t until #MeToo started that I was like, ‘Wow, maybe that wasn’t OK,’" she added.
Listen to Stodden’s #MeToo testament here.
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