Gabrielle Union has come to the defense of pop star Rihanna, whose new music video for the song “Man Down” has made headlines for its depiction of a sexual abuse victim who ultimately shoots her attacker.
Union, who has spoken openly in the past about being sexually assaulted when she was 19, spoke out on Twitter about the video, which tells a story that, for her, hits close to home.
“Durin my rape I tried 2 shoot my rapist, bt I missed,” the actress, 38, Tweeted. “Over the yrs I realized tht killin my rapist would’ve added insult 2 injury.”
She added: “The DESIRE 2 kill someone whose abused/raped u is understandable, bt unless its self defense n the moment 2 save ur life, just ADDS 2 ur troubles.”
Union also praised the video for raising awareness and encouraging a discussion about sexual abuse. “I hope tht it leads 2 HEALING & PREVENTS RAPE,” she continued, before adding, “Every victim/survivor of rape is unique, including how they THINK they’d like justice 2 be handed out.