Last week, the star of Supergirl, Melissa Benoist, shared an emotional post as she discussed being a survivor of domestic abuse and encouraging others to speak out. Benoist’s husband, Chris Wood, went to Twitter on Thanksgiving to show his support for his wife in a simple tweet.
Happy Thanksgiving! I’m going to kiss my wife and hold her tenderly. All day. And every day. How do YOU show love? #IStandWithMelissa
— Chris Wood (@CHRIStophrWOOD) November 28, 2019
Benoist recalled her abuse in great detail, saying “The memories feel like they took place on a different planet where I was breathing different air and witnessing a macabre secret could never tell anyone I had ever seen,” she said. “The stark truth is I learned what it felt like to be pinned down and slapped repeatedly, punched so hard the wind was knocked out of me, dragged by my hair across pavement, head-butted, pinched till my skin broke, shoved into a wall so hard the drywall broke, choked.”
She went on to add, “It was my reality. It taught me what love is and isn’t, and the strength I am capable of.”
“If you are enduring what I went through and you see this, maybe you will find this tiny straw that will break the camel’s back,” Benoist said. “Or at least, you might begin to think of your freedom. In which case, I am here, I am with you, and you can and deserve to live a violence-free life.”
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse and needs assistance, reach out through https://www.thehotline.org/ . There you can obtain the help that is needed.
Supergirl will be part of the upcoming ‘Crisis of Infinite Earths’ mega-crossover on CW on December 9.