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Sir Patrick Stewart has been open about the abuse he endured in his childhood for years. A talk he gave for Amnesty International in 2009 inspired a young woman to get out of terrible situation of her own. She went to Comicpalooza "full of nervous energy" to thank Stewart. "I was finally able to start my healing process and to put that part of my life behind me," she said. What she got took everyone, perhaps even Stewart himself, by surprise.

?Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life ? that you are willing to share with us?," the woman asks Stewart during the Q&A part of the event.

Her question led Stewart to talk about how his father abused both his mother and him, starting when he was only 5 years old. His experience drove Stewart to become involved with Refuge in the U.K., which works to prevent domestic violence. He continued on, talking about his later revelation that his father suffered from PTSD (back when it was thought of as severe shell shock), which is why he now also works with Combat Stress, an organization that helps veterans with psychological wounds. Though Stewart now holds a greater understanding of his father's struggles, he emphatically maintains that "violence is never, ever a choice that a man should make."

"They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me 'My Dear, are you okay?'" the Trekkie recalls on her "LemonSweetie" blog. Stewart's warmth and candor seem to have made the event's moderator (and, we're sure, everyone else in the room) a little teary, because he asks, "Do you want a hug?" At that point, the "Star Trek" alum jumps down and embraces the young woman. :wub:

Sci-fi, often maligned as escapist, can be a refuge for people in unpleasant situations. Occasionally, it can be much, much more. Stewart has praised Amnesty International's logo, which is a candle, and says he thinks of himself as only a match. Here's hoping other luminaries of the genre will add their match lights to his.

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We need more good people like him. It's a shame he had to suffer so in his early days but those experiences brought him to where he is today. So good has come out of all that bad.

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Indisputably, Patrick Stewart is a class act and a very talented actor. The casting crew for TNG chose wisely.

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A little kindness goes a long way. :happy:

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Indisputably, Patrick Stewart is a class act and a very talented actor. The casting crew for TNG chose wisely.

It was probably my favorite series, crew wise. Just perfect choices for each role.

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