We all have seen some of the dark side of Hollywood. How many of us pass by the celebrities that have experienced domestic violence because we don’t feel the connection. Here are some of the celebrities that have faced and survived domestic violence. Some of the faces are familiar but I bet you did not know the whole story. Hollywood is not immune to this growing epidemic and even with their status they took time to show a side that we don’t normally get to see.
Back in 2009, Carey spoke to Larry King about the mental and emotional abuse she’d experienced in a past relationship, “Abuse has several categories, emotionally, mentally, in other ways. I just think you get into a situation, and you feel locked in — if your situation is similar to one of the situations I’ve been in, which I won’t harp on. … For me, to really get out, it was difficult because there was a connection that was not only a marriage but a business thing, where the person was in control of my life.”
We all have heard and probably kept up with Rhianna’s story since her assault by Chris Brown in 2009. She is quoted as saying, “I just never understood how the victim gets punished over and over. It’s in the past, and I don’t want to say ‘Get over it,’ because it’s a very serious thing that is still relevant; it’s still real. A lot of women, a lot of young girls, are still going through it. A lot of young boys too. It’s not a subject to sweep under the rug, so I can’t just dismiss it like it wasn’t anything, or I don’t take it seriously. But, for me, and anyone who’s been a victim of domestic abuse, nobody wants to even remember it. Nobody even wants to admit it. So to talk about it and say it once, much less 200 times, is like … I have to be punished for it? It didn’t sit well with me.”
Evelyn Lozada suffered her abuse at the hands of ex-husband Chad Ochocinco Johnson who plead guilty to assaulting his pregnant girlfriend. She shared her experience with the gals on The Real stating, “My heart goes out to the victim and I know people, please don’t tweet me telling me ‘This happened 4 years ago, get over it.’ It’s something that stays with you forever, okay. So, my thing, my main concern is, is for the victim,” adding, “Honor yourself and do the right thing because we all know, if it happens once, it’s going to happen again.”
Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks has a foundation called the Why Not You Foundation.
He launched a campaign in 2014 to bring awareness to domestic violence. “Pass The Peace” was a viral campaign that called on celebs to donate to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The campaign launched around the time the NFL was facing criticism of how it handled Ray Rice’s scandal. Wilson wrote in a Player’s Tribune op-ed, “As NFL players, we do not play a gentle game. But our hits, our anger, our aggressive behaviors need to be regulated and confined to the field. Recent incidents of domestic violence have forced The League, its fans and the players to take a hard look into our collective conscience. ”
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