Vince Gill performs at the Country Radio Seminar at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on February 6, 2018; Photo: YouTube

In his most recent performance country music legend Vince Gill showcased a song about sexual abuse entitled “Forever Changed.” The performance took place at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville during this week’s Country Radio Seminar, and while it was written several years ago it was rarely featured in Gill’s sets.

The acoustic version allowed fans to fully absorb the message of the song, which is very clear in its content. “You put your hands where they don’t belong/And now her innocence is dead and gone,” he sang. “She feels dirty, she feels ashamed/Because of you she’s forever changed.”

Gill also took time to share his own experience with sexual abuse. “We’re living in a time right now when finally people are having the courage to speak out about being abused,” Gill said. “I had a gym teacher that acted inappropriately towards me and was trying to do things that I didn’t know what the hell was going on. I was just fortunate that I got up and I ran. I just jumped up and I ran. I don’t know why. I don’t think I ever told anybody my whole life. What’s been going on has given me a little bit of courage to speak up too.”

Gill had told the story to Rolling Stone in 2014, and it was courageous of him to share it again. The #MeToo movement has exposed numerous predators and the song couldn’t have come at a more important time. The country music industry is experiencing its own series of scandals, and Gill’s performance is a reminder that there are scores of people and organizations out there willing to support victims.