Capital Hill was a bit more glam than usual today, as actress Gabrielle Union appeared to speak out against sexual violence.
Union, 33, clad in what has become the celebrity Capital Hill uniform of a black pantsuit, pumps, and pulled back hair, took the podium to help inform about the realities of sexual assault, and the needs of victims. "This is something that can change people’s lives," she told the crowd of about 100. "As much as I like talking about Will Smith, I’d rather use my voice to help support for adequately funded rape crisis programs."
me. I’m a good girl, I did everything right, this only happens to other people, not me."
As Union told the story of her past, she united that tinge of pain with her present mission to be the face and advocate for victimized women everywhere. "1 in 4 women. These aren’t faceless, nameless people. They are the women you watch on TV, your sisters,
your mothers. We aren’t a statistic, we aren’t faceless, we are here in front of you."
"I will gladly be the face of sexual assault, and I will gladly be the face for having adequately funded rape crisis centers," Union said. She is best known for her starring roles in "Bad Boys II", and "Bring It On."