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Sexual violence and harassment can happen to anyone. I was raped while modestly dressed – Actress Gabrielle Union

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Amid a week’s worth of harrowing sexual abuse allegations surrounding disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, actress Gabrielle Union offered some insights in a powerful Twitter thread.

Union began her string of tweets on Sunday by reiterating the notion that women should never be blamed for being assaulted or harassed — nor for staying silent. “Sexual violence & harassment can happen to anyone at any time anywhere,” she began. “Ppl remain silent 4 many different very personal reasons. Judgment, victim shaming/blaming, loss of job/$, fear of violence, retaliation.”

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“Ppl remain silent 4 many different very personal reasons. Judgment, victim shaming/blaming, loss of job/$, fear of violence, retaliation

Folks are also very open and obvious about what kind of victim should be prioritized & believed. To think otherwise is to be willfully dim

In Hollywood meetings in homes, hotel lobbies/restaurants/suites, private isolated office space is the norm. NO ONE “ASKED FOR IT!!”

Sexual or physical violence, harassment, demeaning language is NOT the price one should pay for seeking or maintaining employment. Period

Reminder. I got raped at work at a Payless shoe store. I had on a long tunic & leggings so miss me w/ “dress modestly” shit.

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Though I was raped by a stranger who raped me at gunpoint after robbing the store, I was still asked by a female “friend” what I had worn

Look around, u can EASILY see whose pain is “real/valid” & must be addressed & whose pain is tolerable, unimportant & systematically ignored

Sexual violence & harassment can happen to anyone at anytime anywhere.”

Finally, some time later, Union hit back at detractors on social media by retweeting a reaction from the Black Girl Nerds Twitter account: “These men in [Gabrielle Union’s] mentions right now trying to justify rape is absolutely disgusting.”

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Last year, in a powerful piece for the Los Angeles Times, Union revealed that she was sexually assaulted at gunpoint more than two decades ago. The Being Mary Jane actress wrote the piece in response to the rape allegations against Nate Parker that had resurfaced.

Union was a costar in the breakout film he directed and starred in, The Birth of a Nation.

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