Abuse is never easy, and rape culture is very real and spans generations of people. The strand of hope for the abused is that there is survival after abuse and and opportunity to be very successful. Check out our list of 7 famous black women who have been raped and who are survivors in their own right:

Gabrielle Union

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Gabrielle Union has been very vocal about being raped at gunpoint when she was 19 while working a summer job at a Payless shoe store. The actress said on ABC’s “The View,” that she not a victim, but a survivor.