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Gabrielle Union Raped At 19, What She Is Saying About The Traumatic Experience

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Gabrielle Union seems to have it all; great looks, a great career and a fiance who loves her dearly. What fans may not know is that the star’s success is a product of her being a strong survivor following a traumatic incident as a teen.

During Monday’s episode of The View, Union candidly shared with the hosts that she was raped at gunpoint at the age of 19 while working at Payless shoe store. During the emotional interview, Union described the scary encounter and explained that she was not going to let the situation control her life.

“Being a victim is so comfortable,” she said on Monday’s show. “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 victim-hood. I was like, ‘I want to embrace being a survivor.'”

She added, “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.”

When HipHollywood spoke to Union after President Obama appointed her to the National Advisory Committee for Violence Against Women in 2011, the Being Mary Jane star was excited to be able to help other survivors.

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