I'm not a huge follower of pageants, or even a fan of them, but I am a huge fan of 1998's winner of the "Miss World" pageant, Linor Abargil. This woman has exhibited amazing strength and courage and carries an important message for all victims of sexual assault - it's time to break
At the age of 18, Linor was crowned "Miss Israel." A month and a half before Linor was scheduled to represent her country in the "Miss World" pageant, she was brutally raped by an Israeli travel agent. With the help and support of her mother, she managed to contain her fears and still participate in the pageant, a feat that would end up carrying significance for individuals everywhere - even those of us who could care less about pageants.
When Linor was crowned "Miss World," overnight she became a public figurehead in the fight for rape victims. Following her trial, she needed time to herself to mend her broken pieces and mend she did. She is back stronger than ever, spearheading a promising outreach campaign for victims of sexual assault to speak out.
As part of her campaign, she has created a documentary that showcases the stories of various survivors of sexual assault whom she has encountered during her quest to share her story and encourage others to speak out. By speaking out, we assign blame where blame belongs - on the perpetrator; we free ourselves of the shame that belongs to them. To view a preview of her documentary or to donate to her campaign, click on the image below: