In the recent past, many women have been coming out with their stories of sexual abuse – giving rise to the #MeToo movement. Likewise, many are also speaking up against domestic abuse at the hands of their loved ones and this time around it’s Supergirl star, Melissa Benoist. In a long video posted on Instagram, the actress revealed that she is a survivor of domestic abuse at the hands of her partner. She shared, “I am a survivor of domestic violence or IPV (intimate partner violence), which is something I never in my life expected I would say, let alone be broadcasting into the ether. He was a magnanimous person, who didn’t really give you a choice not to be drawn to him. He could be charming, funny, manipulative, and devious.”
Melissa continued that her partner was someone who was younger than her but often seemed like he was mature for his age, adding that they were friends before being in a relationship which changed how he behaved with her. “I was single and in the midst of that, he became a friend. A friend that made me laugh and made me feel less alone, made me feel special and worthwhile, and then once we started dating, it was a zero to 60 catapult,” explained the actress.
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The long and winding road of healing and reconciliation has brought me to this moment where I feel strong enough to talk about my experience openly, honestly and without shame. By sharing my story, hopefully I can empower others to seek help and extricate themselves from abusive relationships. Everyone deserves to be loved void of violence, fear and physical harm. @futureswithoutviolence
Getting into more painful details about her abuse, Melissa claimed that the abuse was not violent in the beginning. Without naming her abuser, she explained that it got worse. “The stark truth is I learned what it felt like to be pinned down and slapped repeatedly, punched so hard the wind was knocked out of me, dragged by my hair across pavement, head-butted, pinched until my skin broke, shoved into a wall so hard the drywall broke, choked.” Concluding her emotional revelation, Melissa feels that by sharing her story, she now hopes that it will prevent others from enduring the same kind of abuse.