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    Joshua Bassett Replied To "Damaging" Comments About His Sexual Assault And Said That Attempts To Minimize It Are "Disgusting"

    "We are better than this."

    This article contains discussion of sexual abuse.

    Last week, Joshua Bassett revealed to GQ that he had been sexually assaulted as a minor.

    Bassett poses for a photo at a step-and-repeat
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    "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," he said, stating that he didn't remember the experience until last year.

    Earlier today, the singer replied on his Instagram story to someone on Twitter who claimed that "Men can't be raped" while mentioning his experience.

    Bassett's reply on Instagram
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    "started when i was 5," he replied. "you haven't the slightest idea what you're talking about and how damaging it is...and we wonder why more people don't come forward."

    Bassett poses for a photo at a step-and-repeat
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    Bassett shared more insensitive comments on a second slide with the caption "disgusting."

    Bassett sharing more comments on his IG Story
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    "I'm fortunately able to let these things roll off my shoulder, and not take them personally," he continued in another slide. "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."

    Bassett's statement on IG Story regarding the comments
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    "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."

    If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search for your local center here.