Eva Gutowski has shared an emotional new YouTube video in which she bravely revealed to her fans that she is a victim of sexual assault. The web star first opened up about the horrible experience she had when she as 16 years old her new book My Life As Eva, and now she's sharing more in her video in an effort to help other survivors who may have been through the same struggles.
A very important video to me is going up on my channel in a few minutes :) I really hope it helps someone— Eva Gutowski (@lifeaseva) February 16, 2017
I hope you took something good from this video :) I love you guys https://t.co/3zlEm739a6— Eva Gutowski (@lifeaseva) February 16, 2017
"It took a lot of courage and a lot of bravery to post this video. I've been battling this since I was 16. But to get to share something so powerful and spread a [message] that this IS going on and IS real is important," she wrote.
Eva shared that she was inspired to turn a horrible and traumatic situation into a chance to talk about important issues that aren't easy for most people to open up about.
"God gave me this burden because he knew I'd one day have a voice big enough to spread awareness. He knew I could get through it. It's scary sharing something people don't know how to handle, but I hope you spread the message," she wrote.
"Seeing something go on in the world and choosing to NOT talk about it makes the problem BIGGER. So go out there and spread how you feel ❤️ I hope you took something good from this video :) I love you guys," she continued.
It's okay if not everyone is ready to open up about their own traumatic experiences, but Eva personally found a lot of comfort in seeing just how many people reacted to her story with words of their own.
Thank you for all the support and love you've spread today ❤️ I can already see so many people opening up and that's beautiful— Eva Gutowski (@lifeaseva) February 17, 2017
To hear Eva's full story in her own words, watch her video above.
If you or someone you know have been victims of assault please call the hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)