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Gabrielle Union Opens Up About Sexual Assault, Says She Tried To Kill Her Rapist

"So it was either going to be him or me, and it wasn't going to be me, not on that day."

Gabrielle Union's new memoir We're Going to Need More Wine dropped this week, and in it, the actress speaks candidly about her career and her personal life, including her experience with sexual assault.

At the age of 19, Union was raped at gunpoint while working at a Payless shoe store. During an interview with Nightline this week, she recounted the horrific experience.

"What happened was graphic and violent and life-changing, life-altering," she said. "The woman in that back room is dead, and I'm the phoenix that rose from the ashes."

She also revealed that she tried to kill her attacker, explaining, "It's literally like an out-of-body experience. That me and the me on the ground getting raped became one, and I grabbed the gun and I did my best to try and and kill him because I really felt I was about to die."

"So it was either going to be him or me, and it wasn't going to be me, not on that day," she continued.

Check out Union's moving story in the clip below.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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