Gabrielle Union Describes “Agony”Raped: Anxiety and PTSD


Warning! This story is about sexual assault.

Thirty years later Gabrielle Union is continuing to navigate life after a traumatic event.

The Cheaper by the DozenAn actress shared some of her personal struggles with an audience. InstagramThis post was written on June 7th, explaining how anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), affect her day-today life since she was raped aged 19. 

“As a rape survivor, I have battled PTSD for 30 years,”She started in her job. “Living with anxiety and panic attacks all these years has never been easy. There’s times the anxiety is so bad it shrinks my life.” 

Union said that leaving her house or even making an unprotected left turn at a traffic signal can “fill me with terror.” Her anxiety can also turn her excitement about going to a party, such as the Met Gala, into “pure agony.” 

“When we tell y’all what we are experiencing, please believe us the 1st time we mention it,”She wrote. “No, it’s not like being nervous and everyone experiences and deals with anxiety differently, and that’s OK.”

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