Topeka, Kan. –Washburn University will show the documentary “Brave Miss World” Sept. 14, 5 to 7 p.m. in the Blair Room in the Living Learning Center on the Washburn University campus. Washburn University’s sexual assault education and prevention program, office of residential living, counseling services, and office of student life are sponsoring this event. A panel discussion will follow. This event is free and open to the public.
In “Brave Miss World,” Linor Abargil shares her story. Linor was 18 years old when she became Miss Israel in March of 1998, and was sent to represent her country in the Miss World competition. A month and a half before the contest, while she was modeling in Italy, she was raped by an Israeli travel agent. In November of 1998, she was crowned Miss World. Linor uses her story to reach out to women around the world to encourage them to share their stories.
“This documentary is a powerful tool to help ignite conversations about rape awareness and prevention,” said Shelley Bearman, Washburn University sexual assault education and prevention program project coordinator. “Together, we can help inspire dialogue that leads to prevention, awareness, healing, and empowerment.
The panel discussion immediately following the movie includes Dr. Sharon Sullivan, Washburn University women and gender studies, Emily Steimel, Center for Safety and Empowerment, and Washburn University students Joyce Johnson, president of STAND (women and gender studies minor, student organization), and Katie Wade, president of URGE (unite for reproductive and gender equity). The Washburn University victim advocate, Molly Steffes-Herman, will be present should anyone have questions about or need services.
The Washburn University sexual assault education and prevention program is part of the university’s overall efforts to foster an environment where sexual assault is not tolerated, and all students, faculty, and staff are aware and engaged in prevention.
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