‘Supergirl’ Star Melissa Benoist’s Husband Tweets Out Trending Hashtag #IStandWithMelissa

Melissa Benoist’s husband Chris Wood extends support after her domestic abuse account

Melissa Benoist’s husband Chris Wood extends support after her domestic abuse account

Support for Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist's confession of past domestic abuse has now extended to an online hashtag, #IStandWIthMelissa, and a challenge from her husband, Chris Wood, who asked his online followers, "How do YOU show love?"

After a friend asked if she was a victim of domestic violence, she decided to make the choice of leaving the relationship.

Melissa revealed the final straw in the abusive relationship came when her boyfriend threw an iPhone at her face and caused a permanent vision issue.

Benoist ended her video by citing statistics from the CDC informing readers that one in four women in the USA aged 18 and older will experience physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

"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 until my skin broke, shoved into a wall so hard the drywall broke, choked", she explained.

She said she met him at a time in her life when she was newly single and not romantically interested in him. "She continued", The impact tore my iris, almost ruptured my eyeball, lacerated my skin and broke my nose, my left eye swelled shut.

The actress admitted she never said anything about the violent encounter out of fear and shame and revealed that her partner continued to abuse her - disturbing experiences that Benoist went on to describe. Her left eye was swelled shut. "I had a fat lip..."

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Benoist shared a heart touching video on her Instagram's IGTV on Wednesday, talking about her experience as a survivor of domestic violence. "Something inside of me broke, this was too far".

"Leaving was not a walk in a park". It is not an event, it's a process.

Benoist said she is sharing her story in the hopes it will prevent other people from suffering the same fate and seeking help if they need it.

In the video, Melissa shared that she normally doesn't "do things like this", but she wanted the story to be shared in her own word and not get edited for publishing.

The 31-year-old does not name her attacker but in the 14-minute long video on Instagram she recounted how she was in a long-term relationship with the man who was younger than her.

Melissa Benoist first married her Glee Co-star Blake Jenner and later in an interview commented that she and Blake were marriedit for longer than anybody knows.

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