A to Z Challenge: Gabrielle UNION Quotes on Sexual Assault

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Happy Monday. It’s the 21st day of my A to Z Challenge and what a journey! For those of you who haven’t been following, I chose to focus on child abuse and sexual assault in hopes of raising awareness for my readers.

After the positive feedback I received on my Quotes post, I want to start the final week off with a couple of quotes from Gabrielle UNION, best known for her work in Bring It On and Being Mary Jane, who was raped at gunpoint when she was 19.

I embrace being a survivor…. Being a victim is so comfortable. It makes you lazy.
– Gabrielle Union, The Talk

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Do you have any favorite quotes from survivors? Hope these have been encouraging to any and all victims/survivors out there! You are not alone.

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  1. Anna - Alina

    April 25, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Never heard another quotes from survivors, but I'm so glad that she's okay!


    1. Joy

      April 26, 2016 at 3:31 am

      I find quotes can be inspiring 🙂

  2. Kathleen Valentine

    April 25, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    I liked your quotes from men because we too often forget about them. But hers are also admirable. It is very hard to talk about and you never know how people will respond.

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    1. Joy

      April 26, 2016 at 3:32 am

      Exactly. I hope and believe quotes can speak loudly especially when we're left w/o words.

  3. betty

    April 26, 2016 at 3:26 am

    How sad they asked her what she had on, like that would have made a difference. I didn't know this about her; glad she decided to speak out and give the quotes she did and let others know of her abuse.


    1. Joy

      April 26, 2016 at 3:32 am

      Exactly! Glad you could appreciate it, Betty.

  4. Seena

    April 26, 2016 at 9:36 am

    You theme is one of courage. I cannot imagine horrible these things are.. 🙁

  5. Nilanjana Bose

    April 26, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Somehow blame still attaches to the abused rather than the rapists. Outrageous that she was asked about what she was wearing!! How clueless is that??

  6. A Tarkabarka Hölgy

    April 26, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Wow. The second one is especially powerful. I have heard a lot of people talking about the "victim" label, it is a very interesting discussion.

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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    1. Joy

      April 27, 2016 at 3:12 am

      Indeed… love what she said.

  7. TheCyborgMom

    April 26, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    I didn't know she was a survivor. How wonderful that she has chosen to speak out about it. It's so crazy that people are still blaming the victims…what clothes she was wearing? Seriously! No one deserves to be raped. No one.

  8. @IsaLeeWolf

    April 27, 2016 at 2:47 am

    I've always really liked her, but I didn't know that. It's great to see people who have made it through, and done it so well.

    1. Joy

      April 27, 2016 at 3:13 am

      Indeed; very encouraging i hope for victims/survivors and friends of those.

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