Demi Lovato Advocates for Rape Victims, Via Instagram Statement

“It baffles me that when it comes to serious issues like equality and abuse, too often women are not taken as seriously as men,” pop star writes

Demi Lovato spoke out on behalf of rape victims on Instagram on Tuesday.

“Unfortunately sometimes my passion gets the best of me and causes me to say things that I probably shouldn’t say,” the pop star wrote. “And when doing so it takes away from the real reason I am speaking up in the first place. Our focus should be on the topic of victims of sexual and physical abuse being afraid to come forward with their stories.”

The statement, which calls for support for victims of sexual abuse, follows a series of tweets over the weekend that were taken as an attack on Taylor Swift for giving money to help Kesha in her legal battle against producer Dr. Luke.

“Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed,” Lovato wrote on Sunday after news broke that Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha, who accused the hitmaker of rape in October 2014.

In her Instagram message, the “Cool for the Summer” singer wrote that victims of abuse are “likely to face retaliation and harassment than to see justice being served.”

“It baffles me that when it comes to serious issues like equality and abuse, too often women are not taken as seriously as men,” Lovato continued. “All I want to see is women coming together and actually making a difference. A real change and shift in society.”

Lovato closed her message by encouraging victims to come forward and share their stories. “You are not alone,” she wrote.

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