Amber Heard has had a difficult year. After coming forward with domestic abuse allegations against Johnny Depp, she was accused of lying to get money out of the divorce.
Whilst she donated the financial proceeds of her divorce to charity, she still faced skepticism and online trolling over speaking out about domestic violence.
But now, she has written a letter in the December issue of Porter magazine to her 'silent sisters everywhere' who are afraid to speak about about abuse.
“Let’s start with the truth — the cold, hard truth. When a woman comes forward to speak out about injustice or her suffering, instead of aid, respect and support, she will be met with hostility, skepticism and shame,” she wrote. “Her motives will be questioned and her truth ignored.”
She added that she has always hated the label 'victim', and she resented being called one when she brought forward her allegations against Depp.
“I was raised to be independent and self-reliant. I was never given nor wanted the burden of dependency,” she said. “I never felt like anyone would or could rescue me, so naturally I resented the label of ‘victim.’ ”
She then spoke out to others who had suffered abuse, and encouraged them to speak out and stand strong.
“You, like me, see yourself not as a victim but rather as a member of a growing class of women, daughters of a generation of equality. We have inherited far too much to be resigned to accept injustice and together we are much too strong to excuse it any longer.”