Lindsay Ell Reveals She Was Raped: 'Pain Is Something We Can Let Control Us'

Ell came forward with her experience in a new song titled 'make you'

Country singer Lindsay Ell has revealed she was raped at age 13 and again at 21.

Ell opened up about her experience in a new song called “make you” from her upcoming album heart theory. "I was raped when I was 13, and it happened again when I was 21," she told PEOPLE.

"The song only talks about the first time. It's just a difficult thing to talk about, and it's something that I process every day still.

"It's gonna make you hate yourself/When you didn't hate yourself at all/It's gonna make you build a fortress/Where you never had a wall," she sings.

The song was released on Global Forgiveness Day, a day that urges people to put aside their grudges and promote forgiveness.

Ell had a reason for releasing it on this day. “Forgiving people in our past is a huge thing for whatever reason, but forgiving yourself is so important. There's an incredible amount of healing that can happen, and it can't happen until you can truly open up that forgiveness for your own heart," she said.

"Part of me talking about it now is liberating the little 13-year-old Lindsay and the 21-year-old Lindsay. Pain is something we can let control us if we don't deal with it, but the minute you put a voice to your story the shame has no power," she added.

Ell took to Twitter to share the interview writing “through healing we reach new levels of honesty with ourselves and what made us who we are. Our stories can help create hope and change for other survivors.”

Ell is also launching the Make You Movement fund under the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to help support at-risk youth, domestic abuse, and sexual assault survivors.

She wants to connect with fellow survivors to help embrace themselves. "If I would've known that when I was 13, I would have felt such a deep feeling of relief,” she said.

"I hear you and I see you. You're not broken. And you are worthy of incredible things," she added.

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