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Amber Heard On Alleged Domestic Abuse: 'I Resented The Label Of Victim'

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Dec. 13 2016, Published 12:37 p.m. ET

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Amber Heard is finally ready to discuss her traumatic divorce from Johnny Depp.

In a lengthy new essay in Porter magazine, the starlet spoke out on domestic abuse allegations, revealing new details from her own alleged experience.

"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," she wrote.

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"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."

As reported, Heard filed for divorce from Depp in May after only being married for 15 months. The divorce documents showed she was splitting from the actor because of "irreconcilable differences," but the drama quickly escalated in hours after the divorce news broke.

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It was discovered that Heard had requested a restraining order from Depp, where later it was learned she had submitted photos and videos of Depp taking out his anger on Heard at home.

Later in her essay, the actress added that "it takes real strength to come forward" and "it isn't easy to raise your voice, to stand up for yourself and your truth, and to do it 'alone.'"

"I was raised to be independent and self-reliant," she continued. "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.'"

Heard concluded her piece with a powerful message to others suffering: "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."

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