Candace Cameron Bure: People 'Verbally Abuse Me and Rape Me' on Twitter

The View co-host's comments came while discussing Lena Dunham's apology for comparing reading negative articles about herself to being abused

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While discussing Lena Dunham‘s apology for comparing blogs that criticize her appearance to an abusive husband, Candace Cameron Bure recalled her own experiences being slammed online – and referred to the verbal viciousness as “rape.”

“People with Twitter need to keep their mouths respectful, because they come hard at people,” co-host Raven-Symoné said on The View on Wednesday. “We live it every day.”

Cameron Bure, 39, agreed.

“I’ve never been more verbally abused in my life than on Twitter, and specifically in the last few months, having come on this show, a lot of people don’t agree with me,” said the Fuller House star, who voices her more conservative opinions on The View. “That’s fine, don’t agree with me. But you don’t have to verbally abuse me and rape me. That’s what they do to me on Twitter.”

The controversy began when Dunham, 29, called reading Gawker and Jezebel – which infamously offered a $10,000 reward for un-retouched photos from her Vogue shoot – “like going back to a husband who beat me in the face” in an interview published Tuesday. That night, she took back her words in an Instagram post.

“When I heard my own quote I was like ‘Jesus, Lena, no,’ ” she wrote. “I wasn’t making a joke about domestic violence–I was over emphatic in my attempt to capture how damaging the Internet can be (not just to celebrities.)”

She added: “I regret that earlier comparison because it doesn’t accurately describe the condition of being attacked online AND it appears to make light of domestic violence, which ain’t my style.”

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