Actor Patrick Stewart comforts abuse victim

ninemsn staff
3:12pm May 31, 2013
May 31, 2013: Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart has been filmed in a heart-warming moment reassuring and hugging a victim of domestic violence after he opened up about witnessing violence against his mother as a child.

Actor Sir Patrick Stewart has given a heartfelt response and a hug to a young Star Trek fan who had been sexually and physically abused.

The star was speaking at Comicpalooza 2013 in the US state of Texas at the weekend when audience member Heather Skye thanked him for a speech about domestic abuse which she said had helped her.

"That speech was really moving to me and it helped me through my own turmoils a little bit," Ms Skye told Stewart.

Ms Skye, who has written about the conversation on her blog, then asked what Stewart was most proud of other than his acting career.

He said he supported charities for victims of domestic abuse and war veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder because these were things his mother and father had faced.

But as the discussion was about to move on, Stewart turned to the young woman and asked her, "My dear, are you OK?".

May 31, 2013: Actor Patrick Stewart speaks at an Amnesty International conference about his personal experience witnessing domestic violence in his childhood.

She told him she was now able to accept what had happened to her.

"One thing I've noticed is there's still that shaming of the women," she told him.

"(Your) speech really just finally let me say it's OK that that happened and I can move on and heal," she told him.

Stewart nodded as the woman spoke and said his mother had also struggled with people believing she was to blame for the abuse she suffered.

"As a child, I heard in my home doctors and ambulance men say, 'Mrs Stewart, you must have done something to provoke him', 'Mrs Stewart, it takes two to make an argument'," he said.

"Wrong, wrong.

"My mother did nothing to provoke that and even if she had, violence is never, ever a choice that a man should make."

His response prompted a standing ovation and Stewart remarked how encouraging it was to see men also standing up in the crowd.

He also gave Ms Skye a hug and told her "You never have to go through that again, you're safe now".

"I couldn't stop thanking him," Ms Skye wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

"His embrace was so warm and genuine.

"It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love.

"And when we pulled away he … told me to take care. And I will."

Source: LemonSweetie blog, Heather Skye YouTube, Amnesty International HumanTV YouTube, Mashable

Author: Alexandra Pleffer, Approving editor: Jack Hawke

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