I watched a Brave Miss World yesterday. I think Linor is an incredibly strong and inspirational woman who on her own journey of understanding the most terrible thing that happened to her, has wanted to help others on the way. I think that all the women who took part in the film were also incredibly brave.
I was sexually abused and molested as a child and have been raped as an adult. I have huge chunks of my childhood missing where my brain has blocked out what was happening, In a way that is a blessing but is also very scary as it could all come flooding back at any time if triggered by something. My experiances have shaped the woman I’ve become and I like her on the whole now, but it took a long time for this to happen.
Rape and sexual abuse are taboo subjects, that people generally feel uncomfortable talking about. I don’t think there long term effects are truly understood by people who haven’t been through them. They can be crippling some days, the self doubt and hatred for yourself for allowing these things to happen to you, the feelings of no control as it was taken away from you in the violent acts, numbness as you try and block out the pain you are feeling by just not feeling anything ( I used to self harm just so I felt something), the nightmares and flashbacks, and the list goes on.
I think the fact that this film is highlighting this subject is amazing and has already effected many people and given them a voice.