Gabrielle Union opened up about the process of healing after being raped at gunpoint on yesterday’s episode of “The View.” Along with promoting the big season finale of “Being Mary Jane,” the actress said she learned to reject the word “victim” and embrace being a survivor.
MUST READ: Gabrielle Union’s Admits To Stalking Porn Stars At The Gym
“I got sick of people letting me off the hook. Being a victim is so comfortable,” she said. “People give you attention, people are nurturing, they’re basically what you’ve wanted your whole life without something bad happening. So, when something catastrophic happens in your life, everyone rallies around you. You’re getting all of the attention and love and support that you’ve always wanted, but it’s not for something positive. And I hated that. I hated feeling like a victim. I hated the cloak of victimhood.”
She went on to say, “They were going to allow me to be a victim and not success and not achieve any of my goals and not step outside the box. 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.”
MUST READ: Celebrities Who’ve Survived Domestic Violence
The horrific ordeal took place when Union, who got engaged to NBA star Dwyane Wade in December, was just 19 and an employee at a Payless show store.
Listen to her awe-inspiring words in the video clip below.
LIKE HelloBeautiful On Facebook!
Omari Hardwick Talks Being A Sex Symbol & Working With Gabby U On ‘Being Mary Jane’
Gabrielle Union Opens Up About Step-Motherhood: ‘It’s Been A Journey’
Check Out This Gallery
Blac Chyna Spotted Out After Dissolving Facial Fillers
Beyonce Sets The Internet Ablaze With Sexy See-Through Dress At The The 2023 Gold Party
Angela Bassett Reveals The Movie Offers Stopped Rolling In For 18 Months After Her First Oscar Nomination
7 White Male Performers We Thought Were Black Because Of Their Voices
The Internet Reacts To Chloe Bailey And Damson Idris' Steamy' Swarm' Sex Scene
Naomi Osaka Displays Her Perfect Baby Bump In Japan
46 Photos Of Black Celebrity Women Who Rocked The Hell Out Of Short Cuts
Angela Simmons Poses With Her Boo Yo Gotti In Stylish Givenchy Boots