Jordan Turpin has over 474,000 followers on TikTok, where the 21-year-old posts typical dance videos and her bio reads, “I love helping others! I love to dance and write songs!
But there’s nothing typical about the cheerful blonde.
She is one of 13 siblings who escaped a house of horrors where her parents David and Louise Turpin locked them up. In 2018, Turpin, then a brave 17-year-old, escaped from her home in Perris, Calif., and called authorities, who found she and her siblings were starving, living in poverty and, in some cases chained to beds.
“I told them everything. We don’t go to school. We live in filth. We are starving. And everything else,” she told Diane Sawyer in November of the fateful 911 call.
Their story of child abuse and torture horrified the public and her parents were sentenced to life behind bars.
But on social media, Turpin, who expressed excitement after being verified by TikTok this week, appears to be focusing on more positive pursuits.
“Hey guys, just wanted to drop by here real quick and say thank you so much for all the love and support,” she said in a video. “Whoever followed me or watched my videos, I appreciate you so much and I love you so much.”
Turpin also used it as a platform to stand up for his siblings, some of whom are still struggling, and expressed his gratitude to those who contributed to the JAYC Foundation, which was founded by Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped as a child, and helps families who have gone through a crisis.
“People ask me if I see my siblings often, how are my siblings doing. I want to tell you that I see my brothers and sisters very often and I love them so much. We are not in the best living situation right now but we have a roof over our heads and we have a way to get food and we are all very grateful for that,” she said. declared.
Jordan also thanked those who sent him money directly through Venmo or Cash App.
“Now I can afford to give all my brothers and sisters some very good and beautiful gifts this year and I’m so happy and grateful that I can do it,” she said.
“I hope one day I can help you and others just like you have helped me. It means so much to me.