Olivia Harvey
October 16, 2017 9:40 am
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If anything can be considered a silver lining amidst the horrific allegations against Harvey Weinstein, it’s that so many women have felt empowered to share their experiences of assault and harassment. And actress Gabrielle Union, a survivor of rape, just took to Twitter to take a stance on sexual abuse and victim blaming, and her words are important for everyone to read.

On Sunday afternoon, Union started a Twitter thread explaining that sexual assault can happen to anyone. This isn’t just a Hollywood issue.

She tweeted that sexual violence should never be “the price one should pay for seeking or maintaining employment. Period.”

Before she was a professional actress, Union herself was the victim of a traumatizing sexual assault, and she knows all too well what victims of assault and harassment can go through in the aftermath of their attack.

That includes victims being interrogated about what they were wearing, if they were drinking, if they had somehow led the person on…

Unions’s message is critical now more than ever, because so many women are finally feeling safe enough to share their stories, and it is crucial that they are both respected and believed.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault or violence, you can contact the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673).

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