A Vampire Diaries Actress’ Chilling Domestic Abuse Story Will Cut You Deep
Although Grace Phipps is in a much better place now, the effects of a previous abusive relationship are lasting. A couple days ago, the former Vampire Diaries actress received a text message from the violent man she once dated that made her physically sick.
“Yesterday I received a text message from a man dated last summer who was much older than me who ended up being violent with me,” she wrote on Instagram. “He asked me a simple question that made me realize the full extend with which he looked at me as nothing more than meat. This feeling, this sense of seeing myself from the outside, and the idea of treating another person with that little human compassion made me vomit so violently that I burst a blood vessel in my eye. I wore contacts that looked like this to play dead in a movie once. I’d like to think that he couldn’t have that power over me. That no one does.”
The 24-year-old star shared a photo of her injured eye, even though she said her initial reaction was to hide from social media until she healed.
“I didn’t want to put this online at first, but then I realized that that would mean hiding for maybe three weeks till it heals. I have a meeting with [my] New York agents I don’t know yet this week. I was supposed to take headshots. I missed my dear friend’s goodbye party because I was too ill. I didn’t want to let that story get told, but I didn’t want to have to hide too.”
Although it was obviously hard for Grace to post the picture and explain her story, we hope she finds comfort in the fact that she’s helping thousands of people who are going through a similar situation.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please call 1-800-799-7233 or click here.
Grace now joins these seven female celebrities who spoke out about being in an abusive relationship:
Disney Channel star Debby Ryan seemed to have it all: A hit show, a budding music career and thousands of adoring fans. But, like many others, she was facing demons behind closed doors that no one was aware of. The 22 year old revealed:
"Love is freaking hard, and fighting for a relationship is so much work and can be so beautiful, and if you’re going to fight so hard for something that does not make you stronger and better and build you up, something’s wrong…I got to a point of being grabbed, being locked out of rooms, being screamed at, having things thrown at me, cussed at, begged for forgiveness, cried to, all while trying to keep it together and justifying this relationship. And that was the point that I realized maybe there was a red flag...I’m very fortunate because I had people help me get this person out of my life, out of my house — like physically lock the door.”
The actress is now working closely with Mary Kay and Loveisrespect for the Don’t Look Away campaign where she's "raising awareness and hoping to end abuse in dating relationships, especially with young teens and young people.”