Gabrielle Union on Overcoming Rape: "I Hated Feeling Like a Victim"

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Gabrielle Union opened up to the ladies of The View about how she coped with sexual assault.

The actress was raped at gunpoint at the age of 19. Now she's sharing how she embraced being a survivor and let go of being a victim. 

The 41-year-old beauty revealed that she "got sick of people letting me off the hook."

"Being a victim is so comfortable. People give you attention, people are nurturing… When something catastrophic happens, everyone rallies around you."

But "The Think Like a Man" star didn't want to be treated that way because she went through something traumatic.

"But it’s not for something positive. I hated that. I hated feeling like a victim. I hated the cloak of victimhood," the star, who's engaged to Dwyane Wade, explained.

Gabrielle wanted to feel like the survivor she knew she was. 

“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, and that’s the road I opted to take."

Watch the video above to hear more of from Gabrielle and watch Being Mary Jane online for more from the star.


Poor Gabrielle Union, we are glad that she has decided to be a survivor instead of a victim. Many more men and women and children are getting raped anymore or drugged and raped, as so many vicious groups and cults. Even "True Detective" is going there, like movie "You're Next". Where Matthew McConahegh and Woody Harrelson are after rapist and murdering cult members wearing animal masks and some of them are serial killers. The little dump shit town is even covering for the animal cult with crooked and stupid police chief, preachers and politicians, because it is so corrupt. The crooked cult is going to try to make Matthew McConahegh look like the serial killer, but probably no such luck in him ripping them new assholes and uncovering their crooked little dump animal cult town. Matt your ads that are popping up are cartel based dude, figured you dont know and might want to know. Watch "True Detective" dude so you can get a clue.

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