Linor Abargil

A national heroine in Israel, Linor Abargil was crowned Miss World in March of 1998.

A month and a half before the Miss World competition, she had suffered a brutal rape while modeling in Italy. After the subsequent trial, which resulted in a 16 year prison sentence for her rapist, the young Linor made a public statement before the entire nation of Israel, counseling other women to not be afraid of reporting their rapes, and to seek punishment for the perpetrators. She then returned to a private process of healing but resolved to one day do something about the crime of rape.

Linor immersed herself in drama studies and was soon discovered by the stage and cast in leading roles in Tel Aviv. One of them was in "The Blue Room", in the role played by Nicole Kidman onstage in London and New York. Linor has continued to perform on the stage, to write and record music, and is currently enrolled in law school. She intends to use her law degree to represent women who are victims of sexual violence. She is now fulfilling her hope to address the issue of rape by embarking upon a speaking tour to encourage victims of rape to speak out, not to blame themselves, and not to stay silent. She hopes her message will lead to greater credibility for rape survivors in the eyes of the police and the courts, and for longer prison sentences for rapists. She is also filming a documentary in which she will tell her own story and reach out to rape survivors around the world, encouraging them to tell theirs.