The December issue of Porter magazine features an essay about domestic abuse written by Johnny Depp's ex-wife Amber Heard. Heard, who claims she was abused by Depp, wants to let other people who've been abused know that they don't have to keep quiet about it.
Her essay begins,
You are not alone. You may have suffered alone behind closed doors, but you are not alone. You need to know that. 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.
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. Her motives will be questioned and her truth ignored.
Heard, who filed for divorce from Depp in May, talks about her situation without explicitly naming names, writing simply, "I was raised to be independent and self-reliant. I was never given nor wanted the burden of dependency. I never felt like anyone would or could rescue me, so naturally I resented the label of ‘victim.'"
She ends by reassuring people that they survivors are everywhere, writing, "As I write this today, I can promise every woman who is suffering in silence, you are not alone. You may not see us, but we are there."