Gabrielle Union Recalled Her Own Sexual Assault In Tribute To Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau On Instagram
American Actress, Gabrielle Union shared a heartbreaking tribute to the late Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau on Instagram. Salau was a 19-year-old activist who joined recent protests for Black Lives Matter. She had been reported missing, and the Tallahassee Police Department confirmed her death on June 13.
Gabrielle wrote in the caption: “She was 19. 19. 19. A baby. Oluwatoyin ‘Toyin’ Salau was a 19 year old warrior who fought for US. She reported her sexual assault to police and days later was found murdered. The horrors she faced, the trauma she endured, all by 19 years old.”
The actress continued, pleading: “Who cares for little Black girls, Black teens, Black women? Toyin deserved so much more. She fought for so much more for all of us. I can’t shake it. I am her and she is me.”
Gabrielle added her own personal experience as a rape victim and survivor in the caption: “I am alive to talk about surviving my rape at 19. She is not.. The work continues. The fight continues. The reckoning will continue. Toyin should be here. She was 19. A baby. Hold our babies tight. Love them. Protect them. Support them. 19.”