Gabrielle Union: I Tried to Shoot My Rapist
Gabrielle Union wasn't offended by the violence in Rihanna's "Man Down" video.
In fact, the 38-year-old actress thought the singer's video "did a great job of getting the entire world talking about rape."
"I hope that it leads to healing and prevents rape," Union tweeted Saturday. (Rihanna's video depicts the singer shooting a man for sexually assaulting her.)
Union's very person impetus for discussing the controversial clip: the star herself was a victim of rape at age 19, she revealed. "A stranger who robbed the store I worked at. He put his gun down during the rape and asked me to hand it to him."
When that happened, Union "tried to shoot [her] rapist, but missed."
"Over the years I realized that killing my rapist would've added insult to injury," she mused. "The desire to kill someone who has abused/raped you is understandable, but unless it's self defense in the moment to save your life, it just adds to your troubles."