Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist opens up about her experience as a survivor of domestic violence.
On her official Instagram, Melissa Benoist shared a 14-minute video opening up about a previous relationship she had with a man she claims used violence against her during their relationship. Melissa Benoist opened her account with the following statement:
“I am a survivor of domestic violence, or IPV, intimate partner violence.”
The Supergirl actress never named her alleged abuser by name in the video. Melissa Benoist described the abuse involved in the relationship starting out as a means of emotional manipulation. In the video, Melissa Benoist continued to explain how her alleged abuser would get angry over her speaking with other men as well as sharing scenes with men in a romantic sense during productions:
“Work in general was a touchy subject. He didn’t want me ever kissing or even having flirtatious scenes with men, which was very hard for me to avoid, so I began turning down auditions, job offers, test deals and friendships, because I didn’t want to hurt him.”
Melissa Benoist described a breaking point with her abuser in which he threw an iPhone at her face, which broke her nose and tore her iris nearly rupturing her eyeball. The Supergirl actress recounted that she was lying to her nurses about the nature of the injury due to the emotional manipulation she experienced from her abuser. She has since cut off all contact with him.
You can watch Supergirl star Melissa Benoist’s full video opening up about her experience as a domestic violence survivor here.
Melissa Benoist also shared the following post promoting Futures Without Violence, an organization described as follows, “Working to end violence against women, children, and families around the world, for over 35 years.” The post also includes the domestic violence hotline for those vulnerable: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
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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
For those who may also be experiencing domestic violence and abuse relationships, follow Supergirl star Melissa Benoist’s advice and call the domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). You can also go on to Futureswithoutviolence.org to help raise awareness about breaking the cycle of such abuse.
DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters
Along with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.
In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.
You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".
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Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.
Here is the synopsis for the show:
“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”
Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.