In the wake of the explosive scandal involving Harvey Weinstein, countless women have come forward to reveal their own experiences with sexual assault. Gabrielle Union went on Good Morning America to further a conversation that was had on Twitter about the pervasive and constant sexual abuse so many women suffer at the hands of men.
“For 20 years now, I’ve been trying to tell my story as honestly as possible and basically with the goal of never having to hear ‘me too’ ever again. I talk about that in my book, so it was wild the other night to see #MeToo trending.”
The hashtag trend started as a way of giving victims of sexual abuse and violence a way to know that they aren’t alone and that so many women have also been violated in similar ways.
The trend started after a number of actresses came forward with allegations against the famed Hollywood producer. Women in all walks of life from all over the world, joined in to discuss how they had also been a victim of similar abuses.
Union was raped at gunpoint when she was just 19 years old. When she saw that #MeToo was trending on Twitter a few nights ago, she admits that her post-traumatic stress syndrome was almost activated.
She revealed she also experienced a lot of clarity in that moment as she realized that she wasn’t alone. Hundreds of thousands of men and women were talking about their horrific, debilitating experiences and that their voices mattered.
The Being Mary Jane actress says she’s not done bringing these truths to light and hopes so many others aren’t either. She vowed to not stop talking about it as a way of dismantling rape culture and holding perpetrators accountable for their actions and the consequences.
Union wants to eradicate the presence of things like victim shaming and victim blaming that do nothing to prevent these type of atrocities from happening.
If anything they give predators license to do whatever they want. She wants to dispel as many misconceptions about sexual violence as possible.
It seems like these recent events have reaffirmed so many women’s demand for truth and justice.