Do you have any doubts about Captain Jean-Luc Picard's honor? Then erase them now (make it so!). Sir Patrick Stewart, OBE, recently touched our hearts when, while speaking at Comicpalooza, he tenderly addressed a fan and former victim on the subject of domestic violence.
After thanking him for his moving work, including his Breakthrough #RingTheBell campaign, Tumblr blogger Lemon Sweetie asked about Stewart's proudest moments. He went on to explain his parents' abusive relationship, his father's untreated PTSD, and his own work with organizations like Refuge and Combat Stress. Then this happened:
They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me “My Dear, are you okay?” I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that his mother had done nothing 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 then asked “Do you want a hug?”
Sir Patrick didn’t even hesitate, he smiled, hopped off the stage and came over to embrace me in a hug. Which he held me there for a long while. He told me “You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.” I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. And when we pulled away he looked strait in my eyes, like he was promising that. He told me to take care. And I will.
Are you smiling? Maybe crying a little bit? That's okay. Us too. See the whole scene play out in the video below. (Hello Giggles)
Image/Video: Via HelloGiggles.