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Gabrielle Union Bravely Discusses How She Overcame Sexual Assault

Gabrielle Union Bravely Discusses How She Overcame Sexual Assault

Gabrielle Union arrives with a smile for her appearance on The View on Monday morning (February 24) in New York City.

The 41-year-old actress bravely opened up about her sexual assault, which occurred at gunpoint when she was just 19.

“I got sick of people letting me off the hook, because being a victim is so comfortable. People give you attention, people are nurturing — they’re basically the way you’ve always wanted them to be your whole life, without something bad happening,” Gabrielle said (via Popsugar). “I hated feeling like a victim. I hated the cloak of victimhood, and I realized that they were going to allow me to be a victim and not succeed and not achieve any of my goals or not step outside the box. It makes you lazy. And I wanted that cloak of victimhood off.”

Gabrielle continued, “And I was like, I want to embrace being a survivor. Because that’s who I am. I wasn’t raised to be coddled. I was raised to be an independent woman, standing on my own two feet, and that’s the road I opted to take.”

FYI: Gabrielle is wearing a Halston Heritage dress, Kurt Geiger shoes, Melinda Maria and Graziela Gems rings, EF Collection bangles, and Joan Hornig earrings.

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  • nyc

    She is so beautiful and gracious.
    I’ve met her in person in nyc and she was extremely nice to everyone with me. A gorgeous woman.
    Bravo to her courage.

  • tick

    Who is that woman? She’s not the only woman in the world who’s ever been raped. I know girls who’ve been raped, but they’re not in the news cuz they’re not famous.

  • BubbleBath

    @tick: It’s all factually true, if you’re not on TV, you’re not famous, but what is your point? She opened up about her own experience, never said it only happened to her.

  • Nene

    Nice weave, one if the better ones I’ve seen.

  • dingus

    So instead of being the victim of rape, she’s the victim of being too nurtured? Sounds like shes still playing the victim roll.

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