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Charlize Theron's Mother Shot Her Father In Self-Defense: This Incident Made Her Brave And Intolerant To Domestic Abuse

Date October 18, 2018 13:24

Apparently, the brave characters in movies that actors play are not merely pretending. Some of them have real-life experiences to pull the bravery from and reflect it in their roles. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Charlize Theron's tragic family history

The Hollywood goddess is making spellbound performances in all her projects. As it turns out, she is as confident and sturdy in her real life too. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She was 15 when her drunk father came home with a shotgun in his hand. Charlize had paralyzed out of fear in her locked room. Her violent father was set to kill both her and her mother. He loudly banged the door and fired at it. A rush of maternal adrenaline flowed through her mother Gerda, so she picked up another gun. To save her daughter, she shot her husband who died later. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Following this incident, Gerda instructed her to leave South Africa and have her own way in life. Charlize told ABC News:

 I know that if my daughter was in the same danger, I would have done the same thing.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This adversity is marked on her personality and it has made Charlize intolerant to violence. She believes in standing up and saving the ones she loves even from her other close people who are abusive. 

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She credits her mother 

Theron spoke out in a public announcement about the rarely discussed topic of rape crisis in her native South Africa. The government got uncomfortable and stopped its broadcast. She filed in court and ultimately got it aired.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Charlize credits her mother for this confidence as she told Extra TV:

I am lucky that I had a great mom who really made me brave and always told me to be headstrong.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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By extending her daring side beyond her career, Charlize proved that violence can be fought and stood up to. Atta girl!

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Things to do when you witness abuse

Whether you observe someone abusing another or go through it yourself, there is always a door to safety. The trouble is some of us have is identifying if we are being abused or that's just how families are. There are certain red flags that you may feel emotionally that indicates either you are emotionally or physically being suppressed.

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After a clear signal of fear that your brain sends out, the following can be done before any grave situation:

  • think of the safest place that you go to;
  • always make an emergency plan;
  • set limits to protect yourself;
  • don't hesitate to call an emergency helpline;
  • always take hold of your identification and documents in case of future legalities.

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In any case, where the problems are being solved by force and power in the household, there is abuse. Share this to save silent victims and give them a push to defend themselves!

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