'I feel music saved me': The Voice's Joelle Moses reveals how music helped her overcome sexual abuse
09:17 GMT, 8 April 2012
Wannabe pop star Joelle Moses, who impressed the judges on The Voice last night, has spoken out about her sexual abuse hell.
The 21-year-old was just 13 when a group of boys from her school attacked her, and now she hopes that other youngsters going through similar difficulty will find strength in her words.
Joelle was ostracised by her classmates after the gang that attacked her were expelled from school.
Stronger: Joelle Moses was sexually abused at age 13, but hopes people will find strength in her words
Even though she was the victim in the situation, the popularity of the delinquents made her peers turn on her.
She told The Sun newspaper: 'When the police got involved and the boys got kicked out people were angry at me and made me feel like it was my fault. They bullied me and made me an outcast.'
There were three girls present during the attack, but they refused to speak about what happened and even pretended that it had never happened.
The torture didn't end there for Joelle as the bullies continued to target her at the west London school.
Head up: Moses wowed all four judges on The Voice and and was offered mentoring by each of them, last night
She told the newspaper: 'They peed in a bottle and threw it at me.'
Due to the heartache and fear of having to face daily doses of abuse, Joelle was eventually pulled out of school and had to see a counsellor.
It was then that her passion and love for music saved her and helped her overcome the situation.
She said to the newspaper: 'When I was young I wrote some very dark songs because of everything I was going through at that time. I feel music saved me at that point.'
Torment: The singer was bullied by her classmates after police were called to the school and a gang of boys were expelled
The strong willed singer says that she is happiest when she sings and hopes that people can find strength from her experience.
Last night she wowed the judges with her voice and was offered mentoring from Danny O’Donoghue, Sir Tom Jones and Jessie J, but chose to go with Will.i.am.
Four years ago she auditioned for X Factor and made it all the way to the end of bootcamp before leaving.
Moving on: Joelle says that music helped overcome the troubled time and she feels stronger now