Joshua Bassett Responds To People Saying He Deserves To Be Sexually Assaulted
‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ actor Joshua Bassett recently did a tell-all interview with GQ where he shared everything personal about his life and career. One of the more shocking details about his life was his sexual assault.
Joshua Bassett’s sexual assault happened when he was a kid:
“I experienced sexual abuse a lot in my childhood. And I didn’t remember that until last year, which is pretty insane. I buried it so far. And when I was a teen, a much older man routinely abused me, and I wasn’t able to see it for what it was at the time.”
Moreover, Joshua Bassett has overcome his traumas and goes to therapy twice a week. In childhood, he would often suppress his true emotions because of the societal gender roles. The expectation that men aren’t supposed to show emotions and women are.
“That sort of forced me to kind of push that more sensitive side down. And I think as I’ve gotten older, I sort of realized how unhealthy that is and how important it is to be in tune with your emotions and allow yourself to be vulnerable and be seen.”
The singer shared that he does definitely feel more stronger now but he wants to make a podcast for kids that talk about heavy topics such as this. Joshua Bassett wants a podcast to help and empower kids going through difficult situations.
He also added that the song ‘Set Me Free’ is about him overcoming his sexual assault. It’s become something very important to him:
“an anthem for me and the sort of people who’ve held pain and power over me my whole life.”
Recently on his Instagram Stories, he was looking at the insensitive comments that people have made about his sexual assault.
He called them out for adding more stigma to male victims of sexual assault and how he won’t stand by and just let that happen.
There were tweets where someone was talking about how men cannot be sexually assaulted. It was in response to Joshua Bassett’s sexual assault story.
A tweet read as:
“Men can’t be raped it’s just a fact. If your a man who claims to have gotten raped go put on a dress.”
Joshua Bassett took a screenshot of that tweet and wrote over it:
TW – SEXUAL Assault
and we wonder why more people don’t come forward.
He further added by saying that his sexual assault started when he was just 5:
“started when i was 5. you haven’t the slightest idea what you’re talking about and how damaging it is.”
He added another screenshot of more insensitive comments that were invalidating his sexual assault story just because he’s a male. Joshua Bassett shared the tweets and called this thinking “disgusting”:
Moreover, Joshua Bassett shared how he can tolerate the mean things people are saying about him and his sexual assault. But he requested everyone to never say these things to anyone else.
“i’m fortunately able to let these things roll off my shoulder, and not take them personally.
make me the punching bag all you want, just do me a favor:
never, ever, ever say such vile things to, at, or about anyone else ever again.
we are better than this.”
Joshua Bassett further added that he just wants to make people feel empowered and spread love, not hate.
“those who speak like this are the REASON why i keep going. just because i’m speaking up doesn’t mean i’m the only one with something to say- and if i can help JUST ONE person feel empowered, all the internet nonsense melts away.
sending love and light to everyone, including the people who made those comments.”
It’s certainly a very positive and moving message to send out to the world. Male victims of sexual assault are often dismissed and doubted, adding to more stigma around the conversation.
However, when we see celebrities with influence talk about these issues openly and share their personal stories, it helps remove the stigma.
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider.