Hollywood celebs like Amber Heard and Olivia Munn joined forces with other sexual assault survivors like well-known gymnast Sarah Klein and many others as they spoke out against the sexual violence meted out upon them by gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar (who is serving a life sentence in prison for child sexual abuse as well) at an event organised by Rise (a sexual assault advocacy group) during the United Nation General Assembly on Thursday. Amber also posted about the event on her Instagram handle, thanking ‘the incredible leaders, ambassadors, and advocates who stood up in their commitment to over 1.3 billion people in need of attention’ and also demanded justice, ending the empowering caption with the hashtag #globalsurvivors.
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It was such an honor last night to stand alongside @amandangocnuyen and @risenow.us to host the first ever sexual assault survivors townhall at the #UNGA. Thank you to the incredible leaders, ambassadors & advocates who stood up in their commitment to over 1.3 billion people in need of our attention. Together we can demand justice for #globalsurvivors
Heard also called for rights for violence survivors, such as the right to terminate legal ties with the victim’s abuser/assailant and the right to rape kit procedures and urged ambassadors to do the needful. She also opened up about her ordeal of facing daily death threats as well as relentless assaults on her character as a result of coming clean about her abuse allegations, when she had accused then-husband, Johnny Depp of domestic abuse back in 2016, allegations which he has since denied and which led to him filing a defamation suit against her.
Olivia Munn, who was also one of the 6 women who accused Hollywood producer, Brett Ratner of sexual harassment and misconduct in 2017 also addressed these issues further and dedicated her empowering words to all the survivors in the room. She too demanded the same rights that Amber pushed for.
Lastly, Sarah Klein (who was the first to accuse Nassar of sexually penetrating her since age 8 under the guise of ‘medical treatment’) encouraged women to come forth and not feel humiliated or ashamed of speaking out against sexual abuse. “We will no longer stand silent. We will no longer be ashamed”, she concluded.