Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles Shares Heartfelt Message to Sexual Assault Victims

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After taking the stage during Taylor Swift’s reputation tour in Dallas on Oct. 6, Jennifer Nettles made the decision to send an open letter to sexual assault victims, speaking out on the issue.

In a big hearted moment, Jennifer took to Twitter with a call out to all the women following her on the social media app, along with anyone who wanted to hear her what she has to say about the subject.

“Hello Loves, I want to take a moment to send some love to the women who follow me. And I want to talk to you. (Everyone is welcomed to read this, but this feels quiet and intimate and something that I want to share within the “red tent” because it’s so tender.),” she began her many Tweets, where only 140 characters per tweet are allowed.

“I’ve been quiet over the past couple of weeks. Some of my quiet is lovely & practical: busy, working mama getting my son settled into kindergarten. Some of it has been to allow myself reflection as I watch the volley of pain and anger pinball around re:Kavanaugh confirmation.

“I know some of you might wish that I never address anything remotely “political” and that my socials could be simply as entertaining as you might consider my art to be. For those of you who do feel that way, I certainly hate disappointing anyone.

“At the same time, I know there are people, in particular, young women, who look to me as a role model, who are hurting right now and who might appreciate hearing from me. For them, I will cross the boarder of entertainment and walk into a space of human love and support.

“To my loves out there who are hurting & triggered & angry over the painful behaviors & histories & opinions & decisions happening in our government and our citizenry right now, I first want to say that I see you and I love you. I also want to tell you that I believe you,” she continued.

Jennifer goes on to tell the survivors of abuse that she believes them whether they remember the details or not or whether they told someone at the time.

“I believe you if you didn’t tell anyone because you were afraid of being blamed or afraid of the people who love you experiencing pain because someone had hurt you. I believe you, I believe Dr. Ford, I believe women, I believe all survivors,” Jennifer adds before ending with a final tweet.

“I am sorry for your hurt. I hold your wounding quietly and tenderly. There is so much more to be discussed. But this is what I want to say most. I love you. I believe you. I am sorry. I see you.”

Jennifer recently wrapped Sugarland’s Still the Same Tour with partner Kristian Bush on Sept. 8 in Newark, N.J., in support of their new album, Bigger. It was recently announced that Jennifer will take on a role in the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic, “Harriet.”