Paris Jackson Speaks Out About Being a Sexual Assault Survivor in Her New Rolling Stone Interview
Paris Michael Katherine Jackson the second child and only daughter of pop legend Michael Jackson., speaks frankly about several personal topics in her new cover interview with Rolling Stone. In particular, the 18-year-old opens up about her battle with depression, previous suicide attempts, and being sexually assaulted at 14 years old. On her assault, Jackson told Rolling Stone that she didn’t want to “give too many details”; however, she says the experience was “really hard” for her and that she didn’t tell anyone at the time. (Jackson is not alone here. Many survivors of sexual assault are afraid to come forward with their stories out of fear or shame due to our culture’s unacceptable victim-blaming mentality.)Around the same time, Jackson was also battling depression and anxiety, which she attributes to “self-hatred, low self-esteem, thinking that [she] couldn’t do anything right, [and] not thinking [she] was worthy of living anymore.” These feelings led to her attempting suicide in June 2013; the incident was widely reported—and grossly sensationalized—by tabloids. Prior to this incident, Jackson told Rolling Stone she had attempted suicide “multiple times.” Some of Jackson’s tattoos now cover scars from her previous self-harm attempts.But Jackson says she is now a “completely different person.” She credits her transformation to a therapeutic school in Utah that she attended after her final suicide attempt. (Jackson studied there during her sophomore year of high school, as well as half of her junior year.)
“It was great for me,” she says. “…I was going through a lot of, like, teen angst. And I was also dealing with my depression and my anxiety without any help.” You can read the rest of Jackson’s Rolling Stone interview here. Paris with her two brothers Blanket (BJ) left, and Prince, right.
Discussing these kinds of serious issues is never easy. It’s scary. And vulnerable! We commend Paris Jackson for opening up; hopefully, it will give other survivors the courage to do the same.If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, depression, or anxiety, please know that you’re not alone. Don’t hesitate to contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.