Following her recent PSA, Amber Heard has penned an essay about domestic abuse for Porter Magazine. The actress addresses the open letter to her “silent sisters everywhere,” assuring them that “you may have suffered alone behind closed doors, but you are not alone.” Heard divorced from Johnny Depp earlier this year, alleging that he had been verbally and physically abusive to her throughout the entirety of their relationship.
“I want to remind you of your strength, a strength that has been multiplied by the number of women who stand silently behind you — a truth that allowed me to break down the doors I once found myself behind,” she continues. “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.”
As in her PSA, Heard never mentions Depp by name in the letter. She chooses instead to focus on the plight of survivors who are often not believed (or worse) in both public and private. “As I write this today,” she adds, “I can promise every woman who is suffering in silence: you are not alone. You may not see us, but we are there.”