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One Woman’s Mission To Help Survivors Of Sexual Assault Heal



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Just six weeks before she was crowned Miss World in 1998, Linor Abargil was brutally raped in Milan by a travel agent purporting to help her return home to Israel. She was alone, far from family, and just 18 years old.

It would be a decade before Abargil would return to Italy, this time on a quest for justice and healing and with a documentary film crew by her side.

The resulting film, “Brave Miss World,” which was five years in the making, debuts today on Netflix. Its director, Cecilia Peck, whose prior credits include the Dixie Chicks documentary “Shut-Up and Sing,” says her focus as a filmmaker is strong, brave women, and in Abargil she found the embodiment of both qualities and more.

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Because all women have walked to their car in the dark, keys clutched tight in hand, one poking out between two fingers.

Because when I go out to bars or clubs, I have to think about whether what I’m wearing is too suggestive, instead of putting on whatever I please.

Because I feel the need to apologize when I’m not wearing makeup or my hair hasn’t been washed, or when I’m generally looking anything other than flawless.

Because there was nothing I could do about the man who touched me inappropriately in the middle of Gillette Stadium as I waited for my then-boyfriend to come out of the bathroom. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STADIUM.

Because there was also nothing I could do when a man touched me inappropriately in the middle of a crowded street, his arm around his girlfriend. Because retaliating in the way I wanted to…

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