Gabrielle Union’s new book, “We’re Going To Need More Wine,” hits the shelves this week, and the topics of choice include infidelity, marriage, Hollywood, and sexual assault. In the novel, Gabrielle is more than candid regarding the man who attacked her when she was just 19-years-old.
According to the actress, in 1992, while she worked at a Payless Shoe Store, a man raped her at gunpoint. In an interview with Nightline, the 44-year-old Bring It On star said after the incident, her life changed forever. She explained it was “graphic,” “violent,” and “life-altering.”
According to Gabrielle, the woman who worked in the backroom died during the attack, and she is the “Phoenix that rose from the ashes.”
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The star of Being Mary Jane revealed that she attempted to kill the rapist. She stated, “it was an out-of-the-body experience,” and she worried her life was over.
It appeared as though Union was going to die, so the actress figured, it was either her or him. Gabrielle explained that she attempted to get his gun to shoot him, but she couldn’t get it because he overpowered her.
We commend Gabrielle for coming out to detail her horrific attack. In doing so, we’re sure she creates an environment where other victims can come out against perpetrators.
As you may already know, sexual assault is, once again, the trending topic in the mainstream media ever since the case involving Harvey Weinstein exploded into the public’s collective consciousness.
The New York Times and The New Yorker published exposé’s detailing Harvey’s crimes over the span of thirty years. The damage done by the disgraced producer is so catastrophic, that even men he previously worked with such as Kevin Smith, intend to donate all surplus funds generated from the Weinstein-produced films to “Women In Film.”