“Twenty-four years ago I was raped at gunpoint in the cold, dark backroom of the Payless shoe store where I was then working. Two years ago I signed on to a brilliant script called “The Birth of a Nation,” to play a woman who was raped. One month ago I was sent a story about Nate Parker, the very talented writer, director and star of this film. Seventeen years ago Nate Parker was accused and acquitted of sexual assault. Four years ago the woman who accused him committed suicide.
Different roads circling one brutal, permeating stain on our society. A stain that is finely etched into my own history. Rape is a wound that throbs long after it heals. And for some of us the throbbing gets too loud. Post traumatic stress syndrome is very real and chips away at the soul and sanity of so many of us who have survived sexual violence.”
Gabrielle Union gave a powerful op-ed about rape and consent for the LA Times and I am so here for her speaking her truth and out loud for others to hear.
Nate Parker, who’s highly anticipated film, A Birth of a Nation, will be released soon, was acquitted of rape in 1999. However, in an interview he brought up this event and the firestorm began. You can google it yourself to find out more.
I do not know if Mr. Parker is guilty or not…however, I know that women who have been sexually assaulted, killed, raped, or battered….need a voice.
Gabby has given her a voice! Read more below: