Gabrielle Union Has Something To Say To Rape Survivors Like Her

The actress' new book discusses her rape and her journey as a survivor

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Since the allegations about Hollywood powerhouse Harvey Weinstein became public, not a day has gone by without women in the public eye coming forward with stories of sexual abuse and harassment.

The floodgates opened and the veil of silence was lifted with everyone from Bjork to Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon and Blake Lively revealing their own experiences in Hollywood.

What was always apparent, however, was how the behaviour they endured was not exclusive to the casting couches and hotel rooms of L.A..

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In fact, women across the world, in many different jobs, felt compelled to speak up about their own experience with the resurgence of the 'Me Too' movement.

Partly as a way to demonstrate the prevalence of gender-based harassment and violence, partly in the hope of de-stigmatising these issues and partly to feel less alone, women decided not to be quiet any longer.

Gabrielle Union first spoke of her rape in 2014. She revealed on the View that she was raped at gunpoint when she was 19 whilst at work.

Since then, she has been fairly vocal about her assault.

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Speaking to E! at the Golden Heart Awards for God's Love We Deliver, she expressed her surprise at the resurgence of the use of 'Me Too', since she spoke about the phrase in her new memoir We're Going to Need More Wine.

The Bring It On actress said:

'Every time I talk about being raped, someone will come up to me in a bathroom or an amusement park and say, "Me too." In that instant I am completely connected. I know everything and nothing all at once."

Unfortunately, what didn't surprise her was the amount of women who have come forward recently, detailing their own assaults, she said, 'It's been almost 25 years since I became a rape survivor. I'm not surprised. Rape is the most under-reported crime in the world."

The 44 year-old is passionate about reaching out to other women about their assaults, making sure they know that they aren't alone and it isn't their fault:

'I have to keep talking out because people feel like they're the only ones. They feel like are on an island by themselves; they feel like they are screaming into a hurricane and nobody is listening and I am just trying to say, 'I'm listening. I hear you. I've been there, and there is light at the end of the tunnel.'

Just out here looking for a !@#$ to give

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She continued:

'What we are able to share is a sense of community of survivors and we are just doing our best, but that we put one foot in front of the other. There's light at the end of the tunnel and that's the importance of sharing the stories when you're ready.'

Inspirational words from a woman who knows what she is talking about.

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