This is absolutely horrifying.
In her new memoir, Hustle & Heart — out Nov. 22 — Teen Mom 2’s Kailyn Lowry opens up about being raped when she was younger.
In the excerpt, she explains that a guy who had been relentlessly pursuing showed up at her apartment, belligerent, and forced himself on her.
“He said he needed to talk to me. I let him in,” she writes. “He grabbed me, dragged me into the bedroom and forced me down. I bled. I screamed. And when he left me, my body torn and my sheets stained with blood, I felt like I was dead.”
She went to the doctor, where she refused a rape kit.
“I was shaken and afraid and overwhelmed by chaotic ideas of what would happen if I accused Caleb of rape,” she explains. “I couldn’t stand to think about the consequences.”
She says she blamed herself for what happened — but hopes telling her story will encourage other young women to speak out if they become victims.
“If only I had stood up for myself, raised my voice and backed up my beliefs,” she writes. “If only i’d been living proof that no victim should live in shame. Then I could have turned what happened into a source of strength. I could be looking back now and feeling proud of myself.”