Sir Patrick Stewart knows what’s up.
He has openly spoken about his childhood dealing with a physically abusive father and what he and his mother went through. He is a women’s rights activist, a feminist, and a fighter for abused women (specifically victims of domestic abuse) all over the world. At Comicpalooza 2012, a fan thanks him for his moving speech at an Amnesty International event and asks him what he is most proud of besides his acting. He says that his work with Refuge, a British organization that provides a network of safe houses for women and children when they are in need of emergency accommodations, makes him most proud. He says that he works with Refuge in his mother’s name. He also goes on to say that he recently learned that his father suffered from PTSD after returning from combat and was never treated. In his father’s name, he works with Combat Stress to help soldiers suffering from PTSD.
He then asks the fan “Are you okay?” She divulges that she has recently been suffering from some of these issues herself, but that she was finally able to move past it. Stewart then passionately states that his mother never had done anything to provoke his father and that even if she had, violence was never, ever a choice a man should make. That it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women.
The moderator asks if she wants a hug and Sir Patrick does not even hesitate. I learned from her Tumblr that he told her “You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.”