gabrielle union

*Rihanna’s “Man Down” video caused a stir with some folks and organizations such as the Parents Television Council because of its theme: a rape victim shooting down her rapist in cold blood.

Now jumping into the fray is actress Gabrielle Union, who was raped at age 19. Gabby chimed in via Twitter her thoughts about Rihanna’s controversial production:

Saw “Man Down” by Rihanna. Every victim/survivor of rape is unique, including how they THINK they’d like justice to be handed out. During my rape I tried to shoot my rapist, but I missed. Over the years I realized that killing my rapist would’ve added insult to injury. The DESIRE to kill someone who abused/raped you is understandable, but unless it’s self defense in the moment to save your life, [it] just ADDS to your troubles #mandown. I repeat SELF DEFENSE to save yourself/protect yourself, I’m ALL for. Otherwise victim/survivor taking justice into your own hands with violence equals more trouble for you!!