After speaking about her personal experience of domestic violence in an emotional PSA video recently, Amber Heard has again used her profile to publicly support victims of domestic violence and abuse.
The actress, who alleged she’d suffered years of abuse at the hands of ex-husband Johnny Depp during their very public divorce, has penned a letter for the latest issue of Porter magazine, in which she directly addresses women in abusive relationships, and also touches on her own experience (without ever mentioning Depp by name).
“Let’s start with the truth — the cold, hard truth,” she writes. “When a woman comes forward to speak out about injustice or her suffering, instead of aid, respect and support, she will be met with hostility, skepticism and shame. Her motives will be questioned and her truth ignored.”
The actress seems to be referring to the fact she was accused of lying and making up the allegations against Depp by some media outlets and many on social media.
“You are not alone. You may have suffered alone behind closed doors, but you are not alone,” she continues.
“You need to know that. I want to remind you of your strength, a strength that has been multiplied by the number of women who stand silently behind you — a truth that allowed me to break down the doors I once found myself behind.”
“I was raised to be independent and self-reliant. I was never given nor wanted the burden of dependency. I never felt like anyone would or could rescue me, so naturally I resented the label of ‘victim.”
You can read the full letter here.
Amber and Johnny settled their divorce in August, so her claims of abuse against him were dropped. She announced she would donate the $7 million she received in the settlement to charities.