Teen Mom's Kailyn Lowry is using her new memoir, Hustle and Heart, to make a heartbreaking confession.
In the book, 24-year-old Lowry opens up and tells the story of her rape, which happened when she was 16.
The book is set to hit shelves Nov. 22, but an excerpt reveals some of the traumatic details from Lowry's rape. Warning: graphic details ahead.
"A guy who'd been asking me out for a while showed up at my apartment plastered," Lowry wrote. "He said he needed to talk to me. I let him in. He grabbed me, dragged me into the bedroom and forced me down."
Lowry writes that she tried to fight back against the man, but he was "too strong" and "too rough."
"I bled. I screamed," she continued. "And when he left me, my body torn and my sheets stained with blood, I felt like I was dead."
The rape was so brutal it landed Lowry in the hospital.
"The doctors stitched me up," she wrote. "The pain was unbearable. It was obvious what had happened to me. And yet I wouldn't agree to a rape kit. I was shaken and afraid and overwhelmed by chaotic ideas of what would happen if I accused Caleb of rape. I couldn't stand to think about the consequences."
The next part of Lowry's story is painfully common.
"I blamed myself for what had happened," she wrote. "I refrained from telling anyone. And even as it ate away at me, I tried to pretend it had never happened. I tried to escape into a reality in which I wasn't a victim."
Now, Lowry is speaking out for other victims of rape, which is one of the most underreported crimes in the U.S.
"If only I had stood up for myself, raised my voice and backed up my beliefs," she wrote. "If only I'd been living proof of the fact that no victim should live in shame. Then I could have turned what happened into a source of strength. I could be looking back now and feeling proud of myself."
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