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Rihanna’s “Man Down” video has sparked so much controversy, everybody from BET and the Parents Television Council to some of HelloBeautiful’s very own writers has pitched in their two cents.

(Read a few words from HB’s ladies here: Is Rihanna A Justified Murderer? and here Does Rihanna’s “Man Down” Video Display A Double Standard?)

But we have yet to hear from the voice of a rape victim, which is what Rihanna plays in her video. That is, until now. Gabrielle Union, who was raped at 19, took to her Twitter account to give her opinion.

“Saw “Man Down” by Rihanna. Every victim/survivor of rape is unique, including how they THINK they’d like justice to be handed out. During my rape I tried to shoot my rapist, but I missed. Over the years I realized that killing my rapist would’ve added insult to injury. The DESIRE to kill someone who abused/raped you is understandable, but unless it’s self defense in the moment to save your life, [it] just ADDS to your troubles #mandown. I repeat SELF DEFENSE to save yourself/protect yourself, I’m ALL for. Otherwise victim/survivor taking justice into your own hands with violence equals more trouble for you!!”

Do you agree?

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