Amber Tamblyn opens up about a painful past experience with sexual assault for this incredibly important reason

Amber Tamblyn opens up about a painful past experience with sexual assault for this incredibly important reason

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So, one of the biggest news stories this past weekend has been the leaked video of Donald Trump talking about women and their genitalia in a sexist and disgusting way, and it’s affected many people on an incredibly personal level. And one of those people happens to be actress Amber Tamblyn, who was inspired to share a deeply personal story of how she was emotionally and physically abused in a past relationship.

She recently posted an impassioned message on Instagram, saying that she felt compelled to tell her story and raise awareness.

“I need to tell you a story. With the love and support of my husband, I’ve decided to share it publicly,” she began. “A very long time ago I ended a long emotionally and physically abusive relationship with a man I had been with for some time. One night I was at a show with a couple girlfriends in Hollywood, listening to a DJ we all loved. I knew there was a chance my ex could show up…”

Prepare yourselves, because her ex did show up and this is where it gets graphic.

“The minute he saw me, he picked me up with one hand by my hair and with his other hand, he grabbed me under my skirt by my vagina— my pussy?— and lifted me up off the floor, literally, and carried me, like something he owned, like a piece of trash, out of the club. His fingers were practically inside of me, his other hand wrapped tightly around my hair.”
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Thank god Tamblyn was able to break free from his grasp and get help, because who knows what could have happened after that.

The rest of this night is a blur I do not remember. How I got out to the car. How I got away from him that night. […] That part of my body, which the current Presidential Nominee of the United States Donald Trump recently described as something he’d like to grab a woman by, was bruised from my ex-boyfriend’s violence for at least the next week.”

Here’s the whole message:

I need to tell you a story. With the love and support of my husband, I've decided to share it publicly. A very long time ago I ended a long emotionally and physically abusive relationship with a man I had been with for some time. One night I was at a show with a couple girlfriends in Hollywood, listening to a DJ we all loved. I knew there was a chance my ex could show up, but I felt protected with my girls around me. Without going into all the of the details, I will tell you that my ex did show up, and came up to me in the crowd. He's a big guy, taller than me. The minute he saw me, he picked me up with one hand by my hair and with his other hand, he grabbed me under my skirt by my vagina— my pussy?— and lifted me up off the floor, literally, and carried me, like something he owned, like a piece of trash, out of the club. His fingers were practically inside of me, his other hand wrapped tightly around my hair. I screamed and kicked and cried. He carried me this way, suspended by his hands, all the way across the room, pushing past people until he got to the front door. My friends ran after him, trying to stop him. We got to the front door and I thank God his brothers were also there and intervened. In the scuffle he grabbed at my clothes, trying to hold onto me, screaming at me, and inadvertently ripped off my grandmother’s necklace, which I was wearing. The rest of this night is a blur I do not remember. How I got out to the car. How I got away from him that night. I never returned for my necklace either. That part of my body, which the current Presidential Nominee of the United States Donald Trump recently described as something he’d like to grab a woman by, was bruised from my ex-boyfriend's violence for at least the next week. I had a hard time wearing jeans. I couldn’t sleep without a pillow between my legs to create space. To this day I remember that moment. I remember the shame. I am afraid my mom will read this post. I'm even more afraid that my father could ever know this story. That it would break his heart. I couldn't take that. But you understand, don't you? I needed to tell a story. Enjoy the debates tonight.

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It takes a lot of courage to share such an intimate story, and it is so, incredibly important that Tamblyn did — because apparently some people still need a reminder that grabbing a woman by her genitals is not okay, or justifiable, or merely “locker room talk.” It’s assault. We’re sending all the love to Amber Tamblyn and hopefully this also raises much-needed awareness about sexual abuse.

H/T: Entertainment Weekly

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