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Award shows will often boast about the power of television, and for one Grey’s Anatomy fan that couldn’t be more evident; her love of the long-running hospital drama actually helped save her from an attack. Actor Sarah Drew, who played Dr. April Kepner on Grey’s Anatomy (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) for nine seasons, posted a story on her Instagram account on Wednesday revealing how one fan used a tactic Drew’s character employed during one of the show’s most famous episodes to stop an attack.

Attending a benefit brunch on Sunday for The Rape Foundation in Los Angeles, a not-for-profit charity that helps survivors of sexual assault, Drew shared a story told by one of the survivors who used a scene from Grey’s Anatomy to stop a man she believed was trying to rape her. “This survivor believes that she may have saved her life by adopting a strategy from the moment in Greys Anatomy when April talked down the hospital shooter (Gary Clark). She took what she remembered from that moment and began to tell her attacker about her life – thus humanizing herself, and he let her go,” wrote Drew.

Along with her former co-star Justin Chambers, Drew surprised the survivor on stage, thanking her for sharing her story of courage and vulnerability.

“Listening to her story, and the stories of the other two survivors who were highlighted at the event showed me the power and the impact of storytelling. The story @shondarhimes wrote had tremendous impact on this survivor’s life, and this survivor’s story had a tremendous impact on the lives of everyone in that room and beyond,” wrote Drew, who also attended the event with Grey’s Anatomy alum T.R. Knight.

“I think storytelling is a powerful tool for creating empathy, building bridges, educating and igniting activism. I was absolutely blown away by the courage and the resilience of the three survivors who spoke on Sunday. They are all simply amazing,” wrote Drew, who left Grey’s Anatomy at the end of Season 14.

 

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On Sunday, I attended #therapefoundation annual brunch. It was a deeply moving experience. The founder of this incredible organization, #GailAbarbanel (5th pic) invited me to come to surprise one of the courageous survivors who told her story. This survivor believes that she may have saved her life by adopting a strategy from the moment in Greys Anatomy when April talked down the hospital shooter (Gary Clark). She took what she remembered from that moment and began to tell her attacker about her life – thus humanizing herself, and he let her go. After she spoke, @officialjustinchambers and I walked up on stage to surprise her and thank her for her courage and vulnerability. Listening to her story, and the stories of the other two survivors who were highlighted at the event showed me the power and the impact of storytelling. The story @shondarhimes Wrote had tremendous impact on this survivor’s life, and this survivor’s story had a tremendous impact on the lives of everyone in that room and beyond. I think storytelling is a powerful tool for creating empathy, building bridges, educating and igniting activism. I was absolutely blown away by the courage and the resiliance of the three survivors who spoke on Sunday. They are all simply amazing. The statistics surrounding sexual assault are staggering. 1 in 5 women are victims of rape. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. This is a horrific epidemic. The #Rapetreatmentcenter and #stuarthouse are both places to go where every need is met for victims of sexual assault completely free of charge. I am amazed by the work they are doing and was honored to have had the chance to participate in this fundraising event. I also had the chance to hang with @t.r.knight (who is just so wonderful) and my dear friend @officialjustinchambers . And it was beautiful to hear from @jennifer.garner Who was being honored as well. Here are my fashion details: Styled by: @karenraphael Hair: @dereksyuen Makeup: @valgherman Dress: @johnpaulataker Shoes: @jimmychoo Clutch: @emmkuony Earrings: @efcollection Rings: @melindamaria_jewelry @apmmonaco

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The episode that helped the survivor deal with her attacker occurred during one of Drew’s first appearances on Grey’s Anatomy back in Season 6. Titled “Death and All His Friends,” the Season 6 finale focused on a man whose wife had died on the operating table under the watch of Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). Overcome with grief, the man goes on a shooting rampage throughout the hospital, sparing April after she delivers a speech listing facts about her life in order to force the shooter to see her as a human being.

“Death and All His Friends” is widely considered one of the strongest episodes in Grey’s Anatomy’s incredible 15-season run and after learning that it was used to save a viewer, we’ve just moved it to the top of the list of best Grey’s episodes.

Watch new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/MT on CTV and catch up online any time at CTV.ca.