Sarah Hyland broke her silence on her abusive ex-boyfriend Matt Propkop in an interview with Meredith Viera, herself a past victim of domestic violence. The ‘Modern Family’ star shared details of the story which has played out in previously in headlines.

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The 23-year-old Sarah Hyland has until now kept her silence on the domestic violence she had suffered at the hands of Matt Prokop whom she had dated for five years. But with the eponymous host of the Meredith Viera Show she spoke out, obviously and fortunately finding a safe space and time for such.

As had been previously reported in major media, on October 6 — just a couple weeks before the television interview — Hyland obtained a three-year restraining order against him. In the court documents, she alleged that Prokop had been emotionally and physically abusive. At one point, she alleged, he had choked her at one point. In the documents she described the incident, saying “His grip was so tight that I could not breathe or speak. I was scared and in fear for my life.”

In broaching the topic, Meredith Viera referenced her own past, as she had been in an abusive relationship when she was in her 20s. It was only recently that she broke her silence, in the aftermath of the explosive story of NFL player Ray Rice and the surveillance video revealing him physically assaulting his wife, Janay Rice.

Viera said of enduring such trauma, “You can come though adversity and be strong on the other side… You are not alone.”

When asked how she was coming to grips with adversity, Hyland said, “There are two quotes that I want to say. One is a Dylan Thomas poem: ‘Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light,’ which is one of my favorite poems. It just strikes a chord in me; and also Robert Frost: ‘The only way out is through.'”

Continuing her words of inspiration and encouragement, she added, “”People have to go through things in order to become the person they are today, and that’s that.”

Sarah Hyland’s bravery in speaking out is commendable as we know all too often people suffer in silence even after they have left the abusive relationship. Her interview should offer hope and solace. There is a way out.

You can watch the replay below.