Actress Gabrielle Union — whom you may have seen in movies like Bring It On, Bad Boys II, and Daddy's Little Girls — has openly spoken about about being raped when she was 19, and is now an advocate for victims of sexual assault. Union recently Tweeted her support of Rihanna's "Man Down" video, and revealed that she actually fired a gun at the man who attacked her.
Durin my rape I tried 2 shoot my rapist, bt I missed. Over the yrs I realized tht killin my rapist wouldve added insult 2 injury
Union also noted: "Every victim/survivor of rape is unique, including how they THINK they'd like justice 2 be handed out." And: "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."
As previously mentioned, The Parents Television Council has protested the video, calling it violent and inappropriate, and asking BET and MTV to stop airing it. Paul Porter, a co-founder of Industry Ears, a think tank that supports banning the video, says: "While we all agree rape is a terrible crime, 'Man Down' offers no positive solution for rape victims except vigilante justice."
But sometimes it's not about positive solutions. Sometimes sparking a dialogue is enough. After Union Tweeted, "[The "Man Down"] video did a GREAT job of getting the ENTIRE world TALKING abt RAPE. I hope tht it leads 2 HEALING & PREVENTS RAPE," one of her Twitter followers repiled:
I work in a hospital and see the anger, sadness & confusion from victims. Thanks for letting others know that there is help and they can be strong again.