After performing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in 2015, Beth Stelling's stand-up comedy career reached new heights. The Los Angeles-based comedian, writer and actress also performed on Comedy Central and she will soon have her own Showtime special.
On Monday, Stelling posted photos to Instagram. The photos, of serious nature, were as Stelling wrote, "an uncommon thing to share but not an uncommon issue."
The photos documented the abuse and the bruises she received in a relationship that ended in the summer. Although she did not mention the name of her ex-boyfriend, Stelling wrote on Instagram that she was "in a line of smart, funny women who experienced this from the same man in our L.A. comedy community."
"It's embarrassing. I feel stupid," Stelling wrote in Instagram. "After being verbally, physically abused and raped, I dated him for two more months."
Stelling, who was fearful of sharing her story, felt compelled to open up "so that a future woman has a fair chance of avoiding it."
"There are more stories out there from men & women and they don't all involve getting raped by a stranger in an alley," she wrote on Instagram.
After coming out with her story, numerous messages of support flooded social media, including from other comedians.
In bravely coming forward, Stelling started a much-needed conversation.
"It's not only my story, so please don't let it be," she wrote.