'If anyone had told me a few years ago that one day I would be giving radio and TV interviews, speaking publicly or writing a book; I would never have believed them.  But after sharing my story publicly for the first time in September 2014 I realised that my voice and words are now my strength and I will continue to speak out against sexual violence for all those who can’t find their voice yet...' - Madeleine Black (Read more..)


In Unbroken, Madeleine tells her deeply moving and empowering story, as she discovers  that life is about how a person chooses to recover from adversity.  We are not defined by what knocks us down – we are defined by how we get back up.

Violently gang raped when she was thirteen years old, and raped three more times before the age of eighteen, Madeleine has experienced more trauma in her life than most ever will. Living in a state of shock and self-loathing, it took her years of struggle to confront the buried memories of that first attack and begin to undo the damage it wrought, as men continued to take advantage of her fragility in the worst possible way.

Yet, after growing up with a burden no teenager should ever have to shoulder, she found the heart to carry out the best revenge plan of all; leading a fulfilling and happy life.  For Madeleine, forgiveness was the key.  True forgiveness takes genuine effort.  It takes a real desire to understand those who have done us so much harm.  It is the ultimate act of courage.

Cover of Madeleine Blacks debut memoir depicting half a young girls face

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BBC Radio 4 Interview with Trevor McDonald September 2016

Madeleine sitting next to Trevor McDonald

Watch and Listen to other interviews and talks in which Madeleine has shared her story here

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The negative tweets and response to the male rape in #Corrie is exactly why it needs to be highlighted #endrapeculture #endrape

I didn’t watch but very pleased they included it. Men are raped too, so important to highlight this issue to help end shame, stigma and silence surrounding sexual violence

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Really like this short but important video by Kendra Houseman. Find your voice and speak out #ICULets ensure no vulnerable person is forgotten this Valentine's Day. On the 14th Feb we invite every individual, every network, every organisation to post on ... ... See MoreSee Less

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