— h (@halsey) January 20, 2018
Content warning: Sexual assault.
Singer/songwriter Halsey, who most recently appeared on SNL to perform her singles “Him and I” and “Bad at Love”, made a powerful statement at the 2018 Women’s March in New York City over the weekend. Following today’s landmark sentencing of former USA Gymnastics doctor and serial sexual predator Larry Nassar, Halsey’s words seem to hit even harder as she chronicles living through multiple sexual assaults. In the poem, Halsey notes fellow survivors such as Olympian gymnast and Nassar victim Aly Raisman, who read her victim impact statement in Nassar’s trial last week.
As Halsey says, “For the people who had to grow up way too young, there is work to be done. There are songs to be sung. Lord know there’s a war to be won.” With Larry Nassar facing a prison sentence of up to 175 years, survivors everywhere got a win today. The battle is only beginning, but the army of Nassar’s survivors and vocal advocates like Halsey show we’ve got a lot of power on our side—power that will one day rid us of hiding in the shadows from our abusers, and instead let justice come to light.
Watch Aly Raisman’s testimony below.