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Patrick Stewart: 'Men can stop domestic violence'

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  • Actor makes moving speech about his childhood experiences
  • Stewart is a supporter of domestic abuse recovery
Patrick Stewart: 'Men can stop domestic violence'

Actor Patrick Stewart, best known for his role on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" as the memorable Captain Jean-Luc Picard, recently made a splash at Houston's ComicPalooza event with a speech he gave to a fan.

Heather Skye approached Stewart and brought up a talk he gave at Amnesty International about domestic violence towards women. Stewart, in addition to supporting women's charities such as Refuge, has publicly discussed his own childhood in the past, admitting that his father was an alcoholic and that his mother was beaten by his father.

The same topics came up in response to Skye's questions as Stewart spoke about his beliefs about how we can make a change.

"The people who could do most to improve the situation of so many (abused) women and children are in fact, men," Stewart said."It's in our hands to stop violence towards women. I do what I do in my mother's name because I couldn't help her then. Now, I can."

Stewart embraced Skye after he had addressed her question. In the notes of the YouTube video of Stewart's answer, Skye wrote, "When he embraced me he told me 'You never have to go through that again, you're safe now'. I just kept thanking him."

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