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Post  Sabiondo on Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:59 am

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" I was 18 years old when I became Miss Israel in March of 1998, and was sent to represent my country in the Miss World Competition. A month and a half before the contest, while I was modeling in Italy, I was brutally raped by an Israeli travel agent, and in November of that year, the world saw me cry onstage in the Seychelles Islands when I was crowned Miss World.

Immediately after the rape I called my mother, and with her support I went to the police station and the hospital in Rome to report the crime and undergo a medical exam. When I returned to Israel, we were asked to keep the matter quiet in order not to deter the rapist from coming to Israel where Israeli police, in co-operation with Italian authorities, were waiting to apprehend him.


Those weeks of silence were particularly hard on me in view of the upcoming Miss World pageant. I was scared to leave home and did not want to go. But with my mother’s encouragement, I did agree to represent my country. After being crowned Miss World, the story of my rape was uncovered by the Italian press. The next day the affair was reported in the international media, and overnight I became the face of rape victims around the world.

Fortunately, the rapist failed to read the headlines and was arrested at the Tel-Aviv airport when her tried to return to Israel. While I was trying to recover from the trauma of the rape, I faced a trial that generated extensive press coverage. During the trial, I had to relive the events, and face the rapist’s denials. I advised other women not to be afraid of reporting their rapes, and to seek punishment for the perpetrators. As a result, there was an increase in the rate of rape victims reporting the crime in Israel.


After the trial ended in October of 1999 with the conviction and imprisonment of the rapist, I stopped talking about the rape publicly. I had to figure out how to heal. I found it helpful to study drama and to I sought rehabilitation through introspection and therapy.


Upon finishing my drama studies, I started working in theater in Tel Aviv. I was cast in "The Blue Room", in the role played by Nicole Kidman in London and New York.


In 2006, I got married to an NBA player Sarunas Jasikevius, and moved to Los Angeles. The marriage did not work out and I recently got divorced. I returned to Israel, where I am currently performing on stage at night, and attending law school in the daytime. I hope to use my law degree to represent women who are victims of sexual violence. I am now embarking upon a documentary project on the subject of rape, in which I will tell my story and reach out to other women around the world, encouraging them to tell theirs.
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Post  Tidus on Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:32 pm

GREAT ADDITION TO THE FORUM HERLITO!!!!!
ALTHOUGH LINOR IS FAR FROM MY FAVOURITE BEAUTY HER LIFE STORY IS AN IMPORTANT LESSON FOR EVERYONE.

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Post  Anonymní on Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:55 pm

i hope she sucseeds with her documentary.

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Post  Taxi on Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:19 am

MW winner I don't like most. Sad

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Linor Abargil was born February 17, 1980 is an Israeli beauty pageant contestant who won the Miss World beauty pageant in 1998, shortly after being raped. Since then, she has become a global advocate in the fight against sexual violence.

Just seven weeks before being crowned Miss World, the then 18-year old Abargil was raped at knifepoint by Uri Shlomo, an Israeli citizen working as a travel agent in Milan, Italy. She made her case public and Shlomo was arrested in Israel, charged with and found guilty of rape. Abargil called for other women to follow her example.

Abargil married Lithuanian basketball player Šarūnas Jasikevičius in a ceremony near Barcelona, Spain, in July, 2006. They divorced in 2008. In 2008 she announced plans to make a documentary movie about her rape with Oscar-nominated producer Cecilia Peck, the daughter of the actor Gregory Peck.
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