Lindsay Ell Opens Up About Sexual Assault at 13 in New Song {LISTEN}

In an emotional new song called “make you” Lindsay Ell reveals she was sexually assaulted as a young teen.

“I was raped when I was 13, and it happened again when I was 21,” Ell tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “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.”

Lindsay shared, “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 also revealed that she is launching the Make You Movement under the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to support at-risk youth, domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors. As the movement’s first partner, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) will be receiving proceeds from “make you.”

“I felt so alone for so long, like ‘This only happened to me.’ But it’s not true. If I would’ve known that when I was 13, I would have felt such a deep feeling of relief.”