Unbroken – Speaking the Unspeakable

On Friday June 14th I stood on the famous TEDx red dot and shared my story with an audience of 2000!  Here is a transcript for you of my talk : Is there something holding you back? Something that nobody else knows, that you can’t speak about?  When I was thirteen, I knew my childhood was over The Café I had this friend at school who was so cool, everything that I wasn’t and when she suggested a night out, I jumped at the chance Her mum was away and we both lied about where we were staying and somehow […]

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No more shame – my TEDx

If anybody told me that one day, I would be standing on the famous TEDx red dot in front of an audience of 2000 people to share my most intimate details of being gang raped as a thirteen-year-old, I would never have believed it But on June 14th, with a talk titled “Unbroken – Speaking the Unspeakable” that’s exactly what I did! For many years I was silenced by my own shame of being gang raped as I wrongly assumed that if people found out that they would be disgusted, look at me differently and not want to associate with me anymore. […]

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#WhyIDidntReport

    I will always stand with survivors The biggest fear for me when I first shared my story of rape was whether I would be believed. But why would I make it up?! There are so many reasons why people who have experienced rape/sexual assault keep quiet and unless you’ve ever been in that situation I realise it may be hard to understand why. The very nature of the trauma makes your mind shut it out, pretend it hasn’t happened and numb out any feelings. The shame and guilt for me were huge too, thinking incorrectly that I had […]

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