Gabrielle Union took to Twitter on Sunday to not only defend sexual assault victims, but to blast the critics who think the way women dress can welcome the punishable action.
Gabrielle, who has always been open about being a rape victim as a teen, tweeted: “Sexual or physical violence, harassment, demeaning language is NOT the price one should pay for seeking or maintaining employment. Period.”
She wrote, “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,” the actress tweeted. “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.”
Union’s tweet followed actress Mayim Bialik’s New York Times op-ped about being a “Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World.”
In the letter, which tackled her thoughts on the recent sexual assault allegations on Weinstein, Mayim suggested that she makes decisions, such as dressing modestly and not flirting in public, to be “self-protecting.”
Bialik received some hefty backlash for her piece, which the actress later addressed those who thought she was placing blame on a “woman for her assault based on her clothing or behavior.”
She wrote on Twitter: “Anyone who knows me and my feminism knows that’s absurd and not at all what this piece was about. It’s so sad how vicious people are being when I basically live to make things better for women.”
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