Comicpalooza 2013 – Sir Patrick Stewart offers a moving response to a woman who wanted to thank him for a speech he made at an Amnesty International event which helped her move beyond the abuse she had suffered in her life.

During the response, Stewart explains his very personal reasons for supporting domestic violence charity Refuge, and Combat Stress, which helps those suffering from PTSD.

From YouTube:

This was my question to Sir Patrick Stewart at Comicpalooza 2013. I wanted to thank Patrick Stewart for his speech at Amnesty International it personally help me put a name to the abuse, sexual abuse in my case, I had experienced in the past. He responded very passionately and the last thing I thought I would get at was a heartfelt hug.

When he embraced me he told me “You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now”. I just kept thanking him.

I hope everyone who needs help in abusive or violent situations has the courage to do so. There are people willing and ready to help you. There are hotline numbers a little farther down.

This video is owned by Oswald Vinueza and full recording can be found here.

I posted an extended response about the experience here on my blog.

If you need help, please reach out!

Refuge Hotline in UK

Combat Stress Hotline In UK

Vets in USA with PTSD Hotline
1-800-273-8255, press 1.

USA Hotline for Domestic Abuse

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