Gabrielle Union Opens Up About Why Her PTSD Is On ‘Overdrive’

Gabrielle Union at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards.Gabrielle Union at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards.
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When Union was 19 years old, she was

Plenty of celebrities are involved with important causes that help others. Most of the time, they just want to help those less fortunate, but something the need to help stems from something deeper. Sometimes they are driven to help because they’ve suffered a similar experience. 

Gabrielle Union is a talented actress. She is also the victim of a brutal rape. The experience has left her battling a serious case of PTSD. Still, Union is using what she learned from her experience that horrible night to advocate for other victims. 

What did Gabrielle Union do before she was an actress?

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Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but grew up in California. She was an excellent athlete, playing soccer, basketball, and running track. She continued to play soccer in college, and planned to go to law school.

It was during an internship at an L.A. modeling agency that Union caught someone’s eye. They offered her a modeling contract and she agreed, planning to use the money to pay off student loans. 

Eventually, her agent discovered that Union had a hidden talent–acting. Her first role was on the high-school sitcom, Saved By the Bell. Union has since starred in films and television shows, including Bad Boys, Bring It On, and Breaking In. Union continues to work as an actress, but devotes much of her time to advocating for rape victims. 

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What happened to cause Union’s PTSD?

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When Union was 19 years old, she was brutally raped at gunpoint. Union was working at Payless when a gunman came in demanding money from the register. He then dragged the young Union to the bathroom, where he raped and beat her. At one point, the rapist put his gun down. He actually asked for Union to hand it to him, but she grabbed it and tried to shoot him. Union recalls: “I grabbed that mother-f-ing gun and I shot at him.”

She missed, but received

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