Gabby Union stepped behind the podium Saturday night for the Call of the Game Dinner–honoring athletes and community leaders–to share her journey from rape victim to survivor. She posted pics of the event on Instagram with this caption:
It is NEVER easy to talk about my journey from rape victim to survivor but I recognize the greater good that comes from my speaking out. I live for the day when I don’t hear “It happened to me too” … That day hasn’t come yet… So I continue to do the work… Whatever it takes. Always remember you aren’t alone, ppl DO care, and there IS help. So to all the survivors, to all the strong but don’t know it yet and ESP to all those struggling to find hope… Love, Light, Healing and Many Blessings
Gabby has never shied away from her sexual assault, which happened at gunpoint when she was 19-years-old working at a Payless shoe store, in the public eye. I commend her bravery. As a victim of violent assault myself I know it’s never easy to confront those feelings without reliving the painful violation. Last month the “Being Mary Jane” star shared with “The View” when she decided to strip off the victim label and take back her power.
Now she’s empowering other survivors to do the same. The Game Dinner was also a fundraiser for Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit org that helps survivors of abuse heal in a safe environment and shines a light on awareness and education.
Did you know that 95% of sexual abuse is preventable through education? Some shocking numbers to digest. Please don’t close your eyes to this violence.