â€œI got sick of people letting me off the hook. Being a victim is so comfortable. People give you attention, people are nurturing, theyâ€™re basically what youâ€™ve wanted your whole life without something bad happening. So, when something catastrophic happens in your life, everyone rallies around you. Youâ€™re getting all of the attention and love and support that youâ€™ve always wanted, but itâ€™s not for something positive. And I hated that. I hated feeling like a victim. I hated the cloak of victimhood … They were going to allow me to be a victim and not success and not achieve any of my goals and not step outside the box. I want to embrace being a survivor. Because thatâ€™s who I am. I wasnâ€™t raised to be coddled. I was raised to be an independent woman, standing on my own two feet.â€
— Gabrielle Union opens up to the women of “The View” about being raped at gunpoint while working at a Payless Shoe Source as a teen.