Brave Miss World (2013) Script

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Linor: I SAT IN THE FRONT AND I WAS A LITTLE BIT TIRED, AND HE SAID, "YOU CAN MOVE TO THE BACK."

AND WE DROVE FOR, LIKE, ONE AND A HALF HOURS.

I FELL ASLEEP FOR A BIT.

I WOKE UP. I SAW THAT WE ARE NOWHERE.

AND THEN HE TOOK OUT A KNIFE, AND HE SAID, "TAKE OFF YOUR CLOTHES."

THE MOMENT THAT IT'S HAPPENING, YOUR SOUL JUST --

IT'S NOT THERE.

IT'S JUST A BODY.

Man: THERE'S ONLY ONE MORE PRIZE HERE TONIGHT, AND THAT'S THE BIG ONE!

MISS WORLD 1998 IS ONE OF THESE GIRLS!

AND MISS WORLD 1998 IS...

MISS ISRAEL!

[ CHEERING, APPLAUSE, TRIUMPHANT MUSIC PLAYING ]

Woman: AS CROWDS OF ISRAELI FANS WELCOMED THE NEW MISS WORLD, NO ONE KNEW OF HER ORDEAL JUST TWO MONTHS EARLIER.

Linor: I'M JUST IN SHOCK.

IT FEELS SURREAL TO THINK THAT...

YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT WE'D LIKE TO THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH FOR THIS WONDERFUL WARM WELCOME.

I THINK THAT THIS IS SO MUCH WHAT SHE HAS WANTED, TO COME HOME.

IT'S WITH GREAT PRIDE, AND THE TEARS ARE OF JOY.

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Linor: I WAS RAPED IN MILAN, ITALY, WHEN I WAS 18 YEARS OLD.

JUST 7 WEEKS BEFORE THE MISS WORLD CONTEST.

I'M LAUNCHING A WEBSITE.

I HOPE THAT SURVIVORS OF RAPE WORLDWIDE WOULD USE THE WEBSITE AS A PLACE TO SHARE THEIR ACCOUNTS OF PAIN AND HEALING.

WE CANNOT STAY SILENT.

THERE IS SOMEONE HERE TODAY WHO GAVE ME THE COURAGE TO SPEAK OUT WHEN I WAS RAPED.

IT WAS MY MOTHER.

SHE DIDN'T TELL ME TO KEEP QUIET, SHE DIDN'T CARE WHAT THE NEIGHBORS WOULD SAY.

SHE KNEW THAT THE FAULT WAS HIS, NOT MINE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MOM.

I WISH ALL VICTIMS OF RAPE WOULD HAVE THE SAME KIND OF SUPPORT THAT YOU GAVE ME.

THE WEBSITE HAS BEEN UP FOR A WEEK, AND THERE ARE 691 E-MAILS.

"HI, LINOR.

IN 1995, I WAS BRUTALLY RAPED BY A STRANGER WHO WALKED INTO MY HOME.

IT WAS A LIVING NIGHTMARE."

WOW. DEFINITELY GOING TO CALL HER.

Woman: [ ON PHONE ] I WAS TIED UP, AND I WAS ABLE TO RUN TO MY NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE.

SHE CALLED 911 RIGHT AWAY.

I'D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR STORY, AND I THINK IT'S GOOD IF WE MEET.

THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL.

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Man: THIS TRIP IS VERY IMPORTANT TO LINOR.

BUT IT'S NOT AN EASY TOPIC, AND I CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO DISCUSS WHAT HAPPENED OR THINK ABOUT IT.

IF IT WERE UP TO ME, I WOULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS PROJECT.

Man #2: WHAT HAPPENED HAPPENED. IT'S OVER.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY SHE WOULD CHOOSE TO BRING UP THIS TRAUMA AGAIN.

WHY RISK OPENING UP WOUNDS WHICH MIGHT NOT HAVE HEALED?

WE'VE LEARNED TO LIVE WITH THEM. SHE LEARNED TO LIVE WITH THEM.

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Man: I HEARD HER SPEECH YESTERDAY, AND I COULDN'T STOP THE TEARS, YOU KNOW?

[ CHUCKLES ] HE'S MORE NERVOUS THAN I AM!

THAT RIGHT?

Woman: I'M HONORED TO NOW PRESENT TO YOU LINOR ABARGIL, A HEROINE IN HER NATIVE COUNTRY WHOSE STRENGTH, COMPASSION, AND CONVICTION WILL GALVANIZE COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE WORLD TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST RAPE.

[ APPLAUSE ]

Linor: GOOD AFTERNOON TO EVERYONE HERE.

[ CHUCKLES ]

I NEVER WANTED TO BE IN PAGEANTS, BUT IT WAS A WAY TO TRAVEL.

I ENTERED THE MISS ISRAEL COMPETITION AT THE LAST MOMENT.

THE PRIZE WAS A TRIP TO THAILAND AND A NEW CAR.

[ APPLAUSE ] Man: LINOR ABARGIL!

Linor: I CAME FROM A SMALL TOWN.

A TRIP AND A NEW CAR WAS A BIG DEAL.

WELL, AFTER I WON MISS ISRAEL, I WAS SENT TO MILAN, ITALY.

BUT AFTER TWO WEEKS, I FELT OUT OF PLACE, AND I MISSED MY FAMILY.

THE MODELING AGENCY PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH AN ISRAELI AGENT IN MILAN NAMED SHLOMO NUR.

I MET WITH HIM AND ASKED HIM TO GET ME A FLIGHT HOME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

HE FINALLY GOT ME A NIGHT FLIGHT FROM ROME, AND HE WAS WILLING TO DRIVE ME THERE.

HE TOOK A SECLUDED ROAD, TELLING ME THAT AVOIDING THE FREEWAY WOULD SAVE ME THE TOLL.

THOSE WERE THE LONGEST HOURS OF MY LIFE.

SORRY.

RAPE IS SO ISOLATING.

BECAUSE EVEN IF YOU TELL PEOPLE WHAT HAPPENED, THEY ARE AFRAID TO MENTION IT, SO YOU'RE SURROUNDED BY SILENCE.

Woman: YOU MADE ME REMEMBER SOMETHING FROM MY CHILDHOOD THAT I DON'T THINK I CAN SAY, BUT I'M GOING TO THINK ABOUT IT DIFFERENTLY.

WOW. I HOPE.

THIS IS WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. YOU TAKE CARE.

WHEN THIS HAPPENED TO ME AT 21, THERE WASN'T EVEN A RAPE CRISIS CENTER AROUND.

OH, GOD.

I WAS A TELEVISION NEWS ANCHOR AT THE TIME.

A MAN BROKE INTO MY HOUSE, STABBED ME, AND RAPED ME. OH, GOD.

I'VE NEVER BEEN BACK ON TELEVISION SINCE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SPEAKING TODAY.

IT WAS REALLY WONDERFUL. THANK YOU SO MUCH. YEAH.

Linor: I DIDN'T EXPECT TODAY TO BE SO EMOTIONAL, BUT IT WAS INCREDIBLE HOW PEOPLE REACTED AFTERWARDS.

WE ALL HAVE THE SAME PAIN NO MATTER WHERE YOU'RE FROM.

Aliza: I WASN'T IN CLEVELAND, BUT I KNOW WHEN SHE SPOKE, SHE BEGAN TO CRY AND SHE COULDN'T...

BUT WHEN MY DAUGHTER INSISTS ON SOMETHING, IF YOU CAN'T AGAINST HER, YOU HUG HER AND GO WITH HER.

THIS IS THE WAY.

AND IF NOT, YOU LOSE YOUR CHILD.

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Linor: MOM. Aliza: WHAT, HONEY?

HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THAT TO THIS DAY WE HAVE NEVER TALKED ABOUT THIS?

I DIDN'T FEEL THAT YOU WANTED TO SPEAK ABOUT IT WITH ME.

I DIDN'T FEEL YOU WERE READY.

IT'S SO SENSITIVE.

I CAN'T COME TO YOU AND TELL YOU, "I WANT TO SPEAK WITH YOU ABOUT THE RAPE."

WHY? BECAUSE IT'S...

I FEEL THAT IT HAS TO COME FROM YOU.

YOU WERE SCARED. MAYBE.

BUT I GAVE YOU THE FEELING THAT IF YOU WANT, WHENEVER, TO SPEAK ABOUT IT, I'M HERE.

BUT MOST OF THE DAY YOU HAVE BEEN CRYING AT YOUR ROOM ALONE.

IT'S DIFFICULT. YEAH.

WHEN I WAS ALONE, I CALLED 1212 --

THE RAPE CENTER. RAPE CENTER, YES.

I SAID, "I AM A MOTHER, MY DAUGHTER WAS RAPED, AND I CAN'T...

I CAN'T SPEAK WITH ANYONE ABOUT IT."

AND THEY ENCOURAGE ME, THEY SPEAK WITH ME --

BUT YOU DON'T THINK THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE TALKED TO DADDY ABOUT IT?

THE FIRST TIME I SAW HIM CRYING, BUT CRYING, YOU KNOW, LIKE A CHILD, IT WAS WHEN YOU WERE RAPED.

EVEN WHEN HIS FATHER DIED, I DON'T REMEMBER HE CRIED LIKE THIS.

IT'S... IT'S CRAZY. IT WAS CRAZY.

Linor: YOU KNOW, MY MOM CALLED YOU.

SHE JUST TOLD ME. I DIDN'T REALIZE.

BUT SHE TOLD ME SHE DIDN'T HAVE NO ONE TO SPEAK TO, AND SHE CALLED YOU. Woman: WOW. AND DID IT HELP HER?

YEAH. YEAH.

WE GIVE HER A LOT OF CREDIT FOR THAT, 'CAUSE LOTS OF MOTHERS ALSO DON'T WANT TO DEAL WITH IT AND DON'T WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT, SO THEY TRY TO HIDE IT AS WELL.

WHY DO YOU THINK ALL THE VICTIMS --

IT REALLY BOTHERS ME, THAT'S WHY I'M ASKING --

COVER THEIR -- ON TV, THEY COVER THEIR FACES.

WHY THEY DON'T STAND AND TALK ABOUT IT?

OKAY, IT'S VERY, VERY FRUSTRATING, BUT WE CAN'T BLAME THE VICTIM FOR THAT AS WELL BECAUSE SO MANY WOMEN HAVE BEEN BURNED.

WHEN YOU HAVE A CLASSIC STORY OF THE --

THE CLASSIC MYTHICAL STORY OF A ONE-TIME RAPE, OF A VERY VIOLENT SCENE, AND SO, THEN SOCIETY HAS A LOT OF EMPATHY.

BUT WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SOMEBODY THAT WAS ABUSED BY AN EMPLOYER OR WAS ABUSED BY SOMEBODY THAT SHE REALLY LOVED --

THE "GRAY AREA", SO TO CALL --

SHE KNOWS THAT SOCIETY'S JUST GOING TO BLAME HER EVEN MORE.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WOMEN JUST DON'T WANT TO GO THROUGH.

AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU, YOU'RE REALLY, REALLY THE EXCEPTION.

MOST WOMEN DON'T HAVE THE INNER STRENGTH OR THE SUPPORT THAT YOU HAVE.

THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT JUST REALLY NEED OUR HELP AND THAT REALLY NEED TO KNOW THAT THEY'RE NOT ALONE.

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Linor: I'M HERE IN NEW YORK FOR A WEEK.

SO MANY WOMEN HAVE WRITTEN TO ME THROUGH THE WEBSITE.

A LOT OF THEM NEVER TOLD ANYONE.

I NEED TO FIND A WAY TO HELP THEM SPEAK UP SO THEY CAN START TO HEAL.

I THINK YOU'RE THE FIRST GIRL THAT REALLY WROTE THE SITE.

I WENT TO GET A BOWL OF CEREAL FOR DINNER.

AND AS I WAS EATING MY CEREAL, THIS HAND CAME AROUND FROM BEHIND ME.

MY NAME IS JENNIFER, AND I WAS RAPED WHEN I WAS 23.

MY FIRST MOMENT WAS SHAME AND SHOCK AND FEAR.

I THINK THE REASON I WENT FOR HELP WAS BECAUSE I WAS TIED UP.

I SAID "I WANT TO TAKE A SHOWER, I WANT TO GET HIM OFF OF ME,"

AND SHE SAID, "I'M CALLING 911."

THEY WERE ABLE TO GET THE FINGERPRINTS AND FIND OUT WHO HE WAS.

SO THEY HAD HIM WITHIN TWO DAYS. WOW.

MY FAMILY DOESN'T KNOW. WHY?

MY MOM, I'M AFRAID THAT SHE'LL LOOK AT ME AND BE DISAPPOINTED.

BECAUSE SO MANY TIMES WHEN I WAS YOUNGER SHE'D SAY, "OH, JUST BE CAREFUL BECAUSE YOU'RE GONNA GET RAPED."

IT WILL END UP HAPPENING, YOU KNOW.

YOUR DAUGHTER IS OUT DRINKING, IS DRUGGED, AND THEN RAPED, AND, YOU KNOW, I FEEL LIKE THAT'S EVERY MOTHER'S WORST NIGHTMARE.

THERE'S NO KIND OF CLOSURE WITH IT, YOU KNOW?

MY MOM FEELS REALLY HELPLESS, AND I THINK THAT MY SISTER WOULD JUST RATHER FORGET IT ALL HAPPENED.

I MEAN, I DON'T KNOW, BECAUSE WE DON'T TALK ABOUT IT.

I WAS RAPED BY MY FATHER FROM THE AGES OF 6 TO 11.

ISN'T IT MORE PAINFUL NOT TO TALK ABOUT IT, ACT LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED?

I DON'T KNOW.

I'M SCARED TO BRING IT UP.

THERE IS NOTHING TO BE SCARED OF BECAUSE THE WORST THING HAS ALREADY HAPPENED.

LET'S PUT IT THIS WAY. [ LAUGHS ]

Julie: IT'S HARD. Linor: I BELIEVE YOU.

IT'S THE HARDER THING TO DO, I KNOW, TO SPEAK, BUT THEN, IT'S LIKE THE BEST PILL.

IT HEALS YOU.

IT'S MUCH WORSE WHEN YOU DON'T.

I THINK I CAN BE A REALLY GOOD PUSHER.

I'M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU, "OH, I'M SO SORRY FOR YOU. IT'S SO SAD."

OKAY, I CAN TELL YOU THAT, BUT IT'S NOT GOING TO HELP YOU RECOVER.

I MEAN, YOU HAVE YOUR FRIENDS FOR THAT, YOU HAVE YOUR FAMILY, HOPEFULLY, FOR THAT --

TO HUG YOU ALL DAY AND TELL YOU HOW POOR AND WEAK YOU ARE.

IT'S NOT THE POINT.

YOU NEED TO HEAL YOURSELF, AND WE NEED TO PUSH EACH OTHER TO DO IT.

NO MERCY.

YOU SAW HOW JENNIFER, LIKE, HOW CONFIDENT SHE IS, AND THAT'S BECAUSE HER GUY GOT 60 YEARS IN PRISON.

NO ANY OTHER REASON FOR THAT.

I MEAN, 60 YEARS IN PRISON.

AND YOU SEE THE GIRLS THAT DIDN'T...

IT'S VERY HARD FOR THEM TO TALK ABOUT IT.

RAPE JUST MAKES YOU FEEL DEGRADED AND DISGUSTING.

SOMEONE TAKING EVERYTHING AWAY FROM YOU.

MADE IT HARD FOR ME TO BE OUTSIDE OR REALLY BE AROUND PEOPLE.

FELT LIKE I WAS A WALKING CORPSE, LIKE I WAS DEAD INSIDE.

IT WILL ONLY CHANGE THE FACE, BUT WE ARE IN THE SAME SPOT.

RAPE SURVIVORS STRUGGLE FOR YEARS.

IT CAN RUIN YOUR SELF-ESTEEM.

IT CAN LAST A LIFETIME.

Woman: [ ON TV ]: IN ISRAEL, THE TRIAL HAS BEGUN IN THE CASE OF A MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING A MODEL JUST SIX WEEKS BEFORE SHE WON THE MISS WORLD BEAUTY PAGEANT.

SHLOMO NUR COULD FACE UP TO 56 YEARS IN PRISON IF CONVICTED OF ABDUCTION, RAPE, AND SODOMY.

WHAT HAVE I GOT TO BE SORRY FOR?

I ONLY REGRET BELIEVING IN THE STATE OF ISRAEL, BUT HER CROWN HAS BLINDED YOU ALL!

Woman: SO, YOU THINK LINOR ABARGIL MADE THIS UP JUST TO FURTHER HER CAREER?

Nur: EXACTLY, MA'AM.

AND MISS WORLD SHE WIN BECAUSE THIS STORY.

AND EVERYBODY KNOW ABOUT IT.

SO, YOU WILL NEVER ADMIT TO THIS CRIME?

NO, MA'AM.

AND I CAN'T BELIEVE IT, AND I WILL GO TO FIGHT.

[ SIGHS ]

Woman: WILL YOU TELL US WHAT HAPPENED?

Linor: THE GIRL FROM THE RAPE CRISIS CENTER CALLED AND TOLD ME THAT NUR IS UP FOR PAROLE AND THAT HE GOT TO LEAVE THE JAIL, I GUESS, FOR...SOME DAYS...

WHICH IS, I THINK, HORRIBLE.

HE SHOULDN'T HAVE EVEN ONE VACATION.

AND HOW DOES THAT FEEL?

I DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THIS RIGHT NOW.

OKAY. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D --

WAIT A SECOND, LINOR.

DON'T SHOOT ME, PLEASE.

I'M SURE THAT IF NUR WILL GET OUT OF PRISON EARLY, SHE WILL BE VERY ANGRY.

SHE WAS WITH HIM IN THE NIGHT, IN THE DARK NIGHT.

HE WANTED TO KILL HER.

SO, BAD THING HE DID TO HER, SO...

OF COURSE IT MAKES HER NERVOUS.

Jackie: SHE IS OUR FIRSTBORN, AND I WAS MOST ATTACHED TO HER.

THE DAMAGE HE CAUSED IS IRREVERSIBLE.

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Man: THIS MAN IS DANGEROUS.

RIGHT, AND I BET HE WILL DO IT AGAIN.

HE DOESN'T BECOME LESS DANGEROUS, EVEN AFTER 20 YEARS IN PRISON.

THE OPPOSITE, I BELIEVE.

IF YOU WANT, WE WILL CONTACT THE PAROLE BOARD AND EXPLAIN THIS.

YES, IT WILL GIVE ME PEACE OF MIND, HELP ME SLEEP AT NIGHT.

I HAD BRUISES, LIKE, ON MY KNEE, AND THEY SAID, "IF YOU HAD HAD INJURIES ELSEWHERE, LIKE ON YOUR FACE, IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN MORE COMPELLING, BUT THERE'S JUST NO CASE, WE CAN'T PRESS CHARGES."

SO, I JUST FELT SO DEFEATED.

Woman: THE POLICE FELT THAT I WASN'T HOLDING UP MY END OF THE BARGAIN BECAUSE I'M BLIND AND I COULDN'T DESCRIBE THE RAPIST.

WHEN I WENT TO THE D.A., IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I MET WITH HER, AND I WENT IN, SHE SAT DOWN, AND SHE SAID THAT SHE THOUGHT THAT HE WAS CUTE.

AND...

SHE TRIED TO CONVINCE ME THAT I HAD JUST HAD A WEAK MOMENT AND THAT IT WAS MY FAULT.

PEOPLE DON'T EVEN KNOW THE RAPE KIT HASN'T BEEN OPENED.

MINE WAS OPENED AFTER THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS PASSED, SO, NOW WHEN WE KNOW WHO RAPED ME, I CAN NEVER PROSECUTE.

HE GOT ONE YEAR IN JAIL. Linor: OH, MY GOD.

AND I NEVER UNDERSTOOD THAT BECAUSE HE HAD DONE IT TO ME FOR NINE YEARS AND DID IT TO TWO OF MY FRIENDS, DID IT TO HIS OWN DAUGHTER.

IT'S SO UNFAIR THAT HE'S OUT THERE PROBABLY STILL DOING IT.

Linor: NUR'S PRISON SENTENCE IS MUCH TOO SHORT, BUT IT'S A LOT MORE THAN MOST OTHER VICTIMS GET.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO SEE JUSTICE?

THIS IS ALL THE MATERIAL ABOUT HIM.

I'LL SHOW YOU.

HIS HEBREW NAME IS URI, AND HE GOES BY SHLOMO NUR.

IS HE MUSLIM? NO.

HE'S COPTIC EGYPTIAN, A TYPE OF CHRISTIAN.

HE USED TO BE A TOUR GUIDE, AND HIS WIFE TRAVELED TO EGYPT AND FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM AND BROUGHT HIM TO ISRAEL.

HE WANTED TO CONVERT, BUT HE'S NOT JEWISH.

Roberts: WHEN NUR SHLOMO DECIDED TO VISIT HIS FAMILY IN ISRAEL, HE HAD NO WAY OF KNOWING LINOR ABARGIL HAD FILED CHARGES AGAINST HIM, NOT ONLY IN ITALY BUT HERE AS WELL.

WHEN HE ARRIVED HERE AT BEN GURION AIRPORT, POLICE WERE WAITING FOR HIM.

HE WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING AND RAPING THE TEENAGE BEAUTY QUEEN.

Golan: HE CLAIMED HE HAD SEX WITH THE PLAINTIFF WITH HER CONSENT THE NIGHT BEFORE THE ALLEGED RAPE.

SO, WE HAD TO VERIFY ALL THE DETAILS OF YOUR STORY.

YOU TOLD ME THAT YOU HAD ASKED HIM TO GO PEE BUT HE DIDN'T LET YOU, AND SO YOU PEED IN THE CAR.

AND I ASKED TO CHECK IT, AND THEY FOUND TRACES OF URINE ON THE SEAT!

I DID EVERYTHING TO FIND EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT YOUR TESTIMONY BECAUSE HE KEPT CLAIMING THAT YOU WANTED IT.

NUR SHLOMO HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF SEX CRIMES IN THE PAST.

HE DENIES EVERYTHING.

Linor: A GIRL NAMED [BEEP]

COMPLAINED TO THE POLICE IN MILAN THAT HE HAD RAPED HER.

SHE WORKED AS HIS SECRETARY, AND SHE WAS ISRAELI.

SHE ALSO PRESSED CHARGES, SO THERE WAS A TRIAL?

YES.

AND HE WON.

SHE CAME TO ISRAEL AND CONTACTED US.

SHE CALLED ME, TOO.

MANY PEOPLE CALLED ME BECAUSE OF YOUR CASE, NOT JUST HER.

SHE CLAIMS THAT THERE ARE SIMILAR ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM IN FRANCE.

I COULDN'T FIND THE VICTIM THERE.

HE ALSO RAPED A WOMAN WHO WAS HIS FRIEND.

SHE WAS A DOCTOR IN JERUSALEM, A RUSSIAN IMMIGRANT.

IT WAS A MAJOR, MAJOR CASE.

Linor: OH, MY GOD, SO HEAVY!

EVEN IF I HELP WOMEN SPEAK OUT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM, IT'S VERY HARD FOR THEM TO HEAL AND MOVE ON WHEN THERE IS NO JUSTICE DONE.

IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO PROVE RAPE IN COURT WHEN THE RAPIST IS SOMEONE YOU KNOW AND THEY SAY IT WAS CONSENSUAL.

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Man: THE COURT HAS TO RECEIVE THE EVIDENCE AND DECIDE WHETHER SEXUAL HARASSMENT HAS OCCURRED.

Linor: I THINK PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED TO SEE ME IN LAW SCHOOL, BUT IT'S SOMETHING I ALWAYS WANTED TO DO.

I JUST FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL.

I WANT TO BE A LAWYER FOR CRIMINAL CASES, AND I HOPE MY DREAM WILL COME TRUE.

THANKS A LOT, LINOR. THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

[ APPLAUSE ]

Aliza: WHEN SHE WAS BORN, SHE WAS SO FAT.

[ LINOR LAUGHS ]

AND WHEN PEOPLE ASKED ME "HOW OLD IS SHE?", I SAID, "SHE'S ALREADY ONE YEAR,"

AND SHE WAS ONLY FOUR MONTHS!

BECAUSE SHE WAS FAT AND NICE, AND HERE IT WAS SO RED, YOU KNOW?

VERY BEAUTIFUL CHILD.

AND SHE WAS VERY GOOD AT SCHOOL.

SHE'S LIKE YOU SAY "CHNUN" A LITTLE BIT.

I DON'T KNOW THE WORD IN ENGLISH. GEEK.

YES, SHE WAS A GOOD STUDENT, BUT I WAS ALWAYS BEHIND, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE I'M A TEACHER, I CAN'T BE NOT A TEACHER.

IT'S IN MY BLOOD. [ LAUGHS ]

BEHIND, IN THE CENTER, AND IN THE SIDES --

YOU WERE EVERYWHERE.

BUT WHAT I DID HELPED, BECAUSE NOW YOU ARE IN LAW SCHOOL.

[ JET ENGINE ROARING ]

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Man: LINOR ABARGIL, THE BEAUTY QUEEN, IS NOW IN SOUTH AFRICA TO GIVE SUPPORT TO RAPE VICTIMS.

LINOR, WELCOME TO SOUTH AFRICA, OF COURSE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

JUST HOW THE WINNING OF THE MISS WORLD TITLE IN 1998, GIVEN WHAT HAD JUST HAPPENED TO YOU JUST SIX WEEKS BEFORE THAT.

HOW DID THAT CHANGE YOU, FIRST AS AN INDIVIDUAL?

I CAME TO THE MISS WORLD COMPETITION ONLY JUST TO GET MY MIND OFF THE RAPE AND TRY TO BE NORMAL AND BE WITH OTHER GIRLS.

AND WHEN I WON, I WAS SHOCKED BECAUSE IT'S GOING FROM ONE EXTREME TO THE OTHER.

IT TOOK ME YEARS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S THE GOAL OF WINNING THIS CROWN.

AND NOW I'M SURE IT'S HELPING OTHER WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD TELL THEIR OWN STORIES AND HEALING THEMSELVES.

AND THE EXTREME IS HERE IN SOUTH AFRICA.

Woman: INTERPOL SAYS SOUTH AFRICA IS THE WORLD'S RAPE CAPITAL.

IN FACT, A WOMAN BORN IN SOUTH AFRICA IS MORE LIKELY TO BE RAPED THAN EDUCATED.

A RECENT POLICE STUDY ESTIMATES THAT ONLY ONE IN 36 RAPE CASES ARE REPORTED.

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[ DOOR CREAKS OPEN]

Woman: HELLO, LADIES. Group: HI.

DO YOU WANT TO MEET LINOR? HI.

WHAT'S YOUR NAME? SHARON.

SHARON. YES.

I WAS RAPED BY A PERSON THAT I KNOW, AND HE WAS RELATED TO MY AUNT.

HOW OLD ARE YOU? I'M 12.

OH, MY GOD.

I CAME HERE TO THE TEDDY BEAR CLINIC LAST YEAR IN THE MIDDLE OF JUNE, BUT I GOT RAPED IN FEBRUARY BY MY BIOLOGICAL FATHER.

DID YOU HAVE A MOM?

NO, MY MOM PASSED AWAY WHEN I WAS A YEAR AND 4 MONTHS.

THEY WANT TO SPREAD HIV AND AIDS.

WHEN THEY RAPE A LITTLE YOUNG GIRL, THEY THINK, "YOU KNOW, THAT GIRL IS STILL A VIRGIN, I'M GOING TO SPREAD THAT DISEASE TO HER, AND I'M GOING TO GET CURED."

I'M 19. WHEN I WAS RAPED, I WAS 18.

I WAS RAPED WHEN I WAS 15, IN 2007.

I WAS RAPED WHEN I WAS 16 YEARS OLD, EARLIER THIS YEAR.

I'M SO PROUD OF YOU. YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH.

AND I KNOW I AM LEAVING HERE KNOWING THAT YOU ARE GOING TO HELP ALSO OTHER KIDS.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO OUR STORIES.

Linor: THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

Tipis: NOT MANY PEOPLE WOULD TAKE THE TIME TO COME AND LISTEN TO SOME KIDS WHO'VE BEEN RAPED.

Girl: NO ONE WANTS TO LISTEN TO US.

PEOPLE FEEL LIKE, "SHE JUST WANTS ATTENTION.

CAN YOU JUST GIVE HER..."

"EVEN THOUGH SHE CRIES, SHE WANTS ATTENTION."

YEAH.

Linor: AND YOU KNOW WHAT YOU SAY WHEN THEY TELL YOU YOU WANT ATTENTION?

YOU TELL THEM, "YES." [ LAUGHTER ]

TRUE? YEAH.

"THIS IS WHAT I WANT.

AND IF YOU DON'T GIVE IT TO ME, I'LL CRY LOUDER."

[ LAUGHTER ]

COME...

[ LAUGHS ]

THEY SAY THAT EVERY THREE MINUTES A GIRL IS BEING RAPED HERE, SO...

THERE IS A LOT OF WORK TO DO IN SOUTH AFRICA.

Woman: I HAD JUST PARKED MY CAR OUTSIDE MY HOUSE.

I HAD JUST ARRIVED HOME. INSIDE YOUR HOUSE?

YEAH. I DIDN'T HAVE A GARAGE, SO I HAD TO PARK ON THE STREET, SO THEY JUST OPENED MY DOOR.

THEY HAD A KNIFE.

THEY PUT THE KNIFE AT MY THROAT AND SAID TO ME, "MOVE OVER OR ELSE WE'LL KILL YOU."

THEY TOOK ME OUT TO, LIKE, A BUSHY, REMOTE AREA JUST OUTSIDE THE CITY.

WITH YOUR CAR. YEAH, WITH MY CAR.

THERE WAS NO ONE TO SHOUT FOR FOR HELP.

I JUST THOUGHT, "DON'T MAKE THEM UPSET,"

AND I JUST PUT MY HANDS ON THE CEILING OF THE CAR SO I DIDN'T HAVE TO TOUCH THEM.

AND I TRIED, WHILE THEY BOTH RAPED ME, TO THINK OF OTHER THINGS.

I MEAN, WHAT DO YOU SAY?

I REMEMBER JUST SAYING TO THEM, "PLEASE DON'T KILL ME."

YEAH.

AND HE JUST SAID, "SORRY".

THEY DRAGGED ME OUT OF THE CAR AND STABBED ME IN MY ABDOMEN ABOUT 35, 36 TIMES.

OH, MY GOD.

WHILE THAT WAS HAPPENING --

I THINK IT MUST HAVE JUST BEEN A REFLEX REACTION --

MY LEG KIND OF GAVE A TWITCH, AND HE REALIZED I WAS STILL ALIVE.

SO, HE TOOK HIS KNIFE AND HE CUT MY THROAT.

I REMEMBER EVEN HEARING ONE OF THEM SAY TO THE OTHER, "IS SHE DEAD?"

AND THE OTHER ONE SAID, "NO ONE CAN LIVE THROUGH THAT."

AND THEN THEY GOT IN MY CAR AND DROVE OFF.

WHAT HAPPENED, THEY'D CUT MY NECK, AMAZINGLY MISSING THE JUGULAR VEIN HERE BY LESS THAN MILLIMETERS, BUT THEY'D CUT THIS MUSCLE.

AND WHEN I STOOD UP, WITHOUT THIS MUSCLE I COULDN'T CONTROL MY HEAD, AND MY HEAD FLOPPED RIGHT BACK ONTO MY BACK...

[ GASPS ]

I JUST KIND OF PUT MY HAND TO THE BACK OF MY HEAD, AND I LITERALLY HELD MY HEAD ON AND EVERYTHING ELSE IN...

I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG IT TOOK ME, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I FELL, I DON'T REMEMBER MOST OF THAT JOURNEY, BUT, YEAH, MADE IT TO THE ROAD.

ALTHOUGH I BELIEVE I WAS ONE OF THE FIRST IN SOUTH AFRICA TO SPEAK SO OPENLY, IT WASN'T SOMETHING THAT I DID CONSCIOUSLY.

I JUST DID IT.

I BECAME THIS ICON WITHOUT INTENDING TO BE.

SO, WHAT I SAY GETS QUOTED, AND SAME WITH YOU.

SO, IT IS UP TO US.

BECAUSE WE'RE THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN EXPLAIN WHAT IT FEELS LIKE.

WE'RE THE ONLY ONES TO LET PEOPLE WHO'VE NEVER EXPERIENCED IT KNOW THAT IT'S WITH YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, THAT IT'S NOT JUST SEX.

HOW WOULD THEY KNOW OTHERWISE?

FOR ME, LIKE, MOST OF THE GIRLS THAT I MEET, I HAVE TO GIVE MORE THAN I GET, BUT WITH YOU, I FEEL LIKE I GOT SOME.

WELL, THANK YOU, 'CAUSE IT'S LOVELY FOR ME, AND TO KNOW THAT THERE'S SPECIAL PEOPLE OUT THERE LIKE YOU, WHO BELIEVE IN MAKING THE DIFFERENCE, TOO, AND DON'T GIVE UP.

Aliza: WHEN WE WERE IN JOHANNESBURG, I WAS WORRIED.

SHE MET WITH GIRLS WHO'VE BEEN THROUGH TERRIBLE...

I WAS THINKING SHE NEEDS A THERAPIST WITH HER AT ALL TIMES TO COPE WITH WHAT IT BRINGS UP.

SO, I WORRY.

BECAUSE A PERSON'S SPIRIT IS VERY FRAGILE.

[ KEYBOARD CLACKING ] Woman: I REMEMBER VERY WELL WHEN THAT CROWN WAS PUT ON YOUR HEAD.

YOU WERE SO BEAUTIFUL. YOU ARE STILL BEAUTIFUL.

MY QUESTION TO YOU IS, DID YOU FORGIVE THAT GUY WHO RAPED YOU?

I FELT SORRY FOR THE GUY. [ AUDIENCE MURMURS ]

I FELT SORRY -- NOT SORRY IN A WAY THAT I THINK --

NOT IN THAT WAY.

I FELT SORRY FOR PEOPLE THAT HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY --

IN HURTING OTHER PEOPLE, THEY FEEL BETTER WITH THEIR LIFE.

I'M A VICTIM OF RAPE. I'M A SURVIVOR OF RAPE.

BUT WHAT DO YOU SAY TO ME, BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER WAS RAPED ON FRIDAY?

THIS WEEK? OH, GOD.

WHAT DO I SAY TO HER?

SHE DOESN'T WANT TO HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT SCHOOL.

SHE'S A VERY BRILLIANT CHILD, BUT SHE WAS ROBBED OF EVERYTHING.

SHE WAS STILL A VIRGIN.

WE FOUND HER WITH BLOOD EVERYWHERE.

FROM MY EXPERIENCE, JUST BE NEXT TO HER.

CALL THE FRIENDS TO COME HOME. YOU DO IT.

I USED TO CALL ALL HER FRIENDS, "WHY DON'T YOU COME?

YOU COME TODAY. I'M MAKING DINNER, LUNCH..."

BECAUSE IN THE FIRST YEAR, SHE DIDN'T WANT TO GET HELP.

SHE SAID, "DON'T SPEAK WITH ME."

I DID MY WORK AROUND.

IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO THE PARENTS.

Woman: I'M ALSO A SURVIVOR, A RAPE SURVIVOR.

I MEAN, I HAVE A DAUGHTER OF EIGHT MONTHS OLD.

YOU KNOW, I WAS RAPED. I SURVIVED IT.

BUT THE QUESTION IS, YOU KNOW, HOW DO I PROTECT MY DAUGHTER?

I COULDN'T PROTECT MYSELF.

AND I REALLY HAVE TO SALUTE YOU FROM A SISTER TO ANOTHER SISTER, YOU KNOW.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE YOU A HUG.

YEAH!

[ APPLAUSE ]

[ SINGING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE, CLAPPING RHYTHMICALLY ]

Linor: SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN WERE REALLY AMAZING.

THEY WERE TELLING THESE HORRIBLE STORIES, BUT THEN, AT THE SAME TIME, THEY WERE SO HAPPY AND SO, LIKE, FULL OF LIFE AND SO SPIRITUAL.

I LOOKED AT THEM, I WAS LIKE, "WHAT DO THEY WANT FROM ME?

I CAN TAKE SO MUCH FROM THEM."

[KEYBOARD CLACKING ]

LET'S GO, HITCH! GET OUT!

[ HITCH BARKS ]

I ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT EVERYTHING IS FROM GOD, BUT I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND.

SO, I STARTED STUDYING --

STUDYING THE KABBALAH AND STUDYING THE BIBLE.

WHEN YOU ARE 18 AND YOUR LIFE ALMOST TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU, YOU REALIZE THAT LIFE IS NOT SOMETHING THAT IS REALLY GUARANTEED.

I REALIZE THAT NOT EVERYTHING IS IN MY CONTROL, AND IT JUST GIVES ME MORE PEACE.

HITCH, DID YOU POOP?

POOP ALREADY. I'M IN A HURRY!

I ACCEPTED AN INVITATION TO SPEAK AT A UNIVERSITY IN THE STATES.

Woman: ACCORDING TO THE MOST RECENT STATISTICS, ONE IN FIVE COLLEGE WOMEN WILL BE THE VICTIM OF RAPE OR ATTEMPTED RAPE, AND ONLY 12% OF THOSE WOMEN REPORT IT.

Men: [ CHANTING ] NO MEANS YES. YES MEANS ANAL.

NO MEANS YES. YES MEANS ANAL.

Woman: YALE UNIVERSITY.

THE PLEDGES OF THE DELTA KAPPA EPSILON FRATERNITY WERE SHOUTING THIS STUFF IN AN AREA OF CAMPUS WHERE FRESHMEN WOMEN LIVE.

IMAGINE BEING AN 18-YEAR-OLD YOUNG WOMAN IN A NEW PLACE HEARING A GANG OF YOUNG MEN MOVING AROUND IN THE DARK, CHANTING ABOUT RAPE IN AN AREA THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A SAFE HOME AWAY FROM HOME.

Aliza: IT'S GREAT THAT ORON CLEARED HIS SCHEDULE TO ACCOMPANY YOU ON THIS TRIP, BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE LOST MY MIND IF YOU WERE ALONE.

MY SWEETHEART.

Oron: I'M GOING ON THIS TRIP BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT TO LINOR.

I ONLY DO IT TO SUPPORT HER BEHIND THE SCENES.

[ JET ENGINE ROARS ]

Linor: PRINCETON DOES BETTER THAN SOME OTHER SCHOOLS ABOUT REPORTING, BUT UNIVERSITIES LOOK THE OTHER WAY.

IT'S NOT IN THEIR INTEREST TO DISCLOSE CASES OF RAPE AND ASSAULT EVEN IF IT MEANS IT'S NOT SAFE ON CAMPUS.

I WANT TO SHOUT OUT FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO LISTEN THAT RAPE CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE.

I WAS 18.

THE FIRST TIME I ACTUALLY HEARD THE DETAILS WAS WHEN SHE SPOKE AT PRINCETON.

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY.

I SUPPORT EVERYTHING SHE DOES, BUT I DON'T WANT TO IMAGINE THAT SCENE IN MY HEAD, TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED, BECAUSE IT BOTHERS ME, IT HURTS ME.

IT'S THE WOMAN I LOVE, SO IT HURTS.

EVEN IF YOU WERE DRINKING, EVEN IF YOU WENT TO HIS ROOM OR SOMEWHERE IN PRIVATE, IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DO IT, IT'S SEXUAL ASSAULT.

BECAUSE I HAVE MY DOCUMENTARY CREW WITH ME, THE UNIVERSITY HAS ASKED ME NOT TO MEET WITH STUDENTS ON CAMPUS.

BUT I'M GOING TO BE IN THE NASSAU INN, AND IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO ME ON OR OFF THE RECORD, I WOULD BE VERY HAPPY TO MEET WITH YOU.

I KNEW THIS GUY.

HE WAS ON A VARSITY SPORTS TEAM, AND HE CAME OVER AND LOCKED THE DOOR, JUST TURNED OFF THE LIGHTS, AND HE JUST, LIKE, PUSHED ME DOWN ON THE FLOOR, AND I JUST KIND OF, LIKE, FROZE AFTER A WHILE, AND I JUST, LIKE, LET HIM DO WHATEVER.

DID YOU FILE A REPORT?

NO, I DIDN'T.

THEY SAID THAT IF I WANTED TO, I COULD PRESS CHARGES, BUT THAT IT WOULD PROBABLY BE MORE PAINFUL FOR ME THAN IT WOULD BE FOR HIM.

DO YOU THINK IT'S THE RIGHT WAY TO GO?

I THINK THAT I WOULD BE SEEN AS, LIKE, GOING AGAINST THE WISHES OF THE SCHOOL AND OF THE CULTURE OF PRINCETON.

LIKE THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT THEIR STUDENTS AFTER THEY LEAVE AND DON'T PAY THEM MONEY ANYMORE.

WELL, I THINK --

I MEAN, YEAH, I GUESS I HAVE A DIFFERENT TAKE ON THAT BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WENT TO PRINCETON AND IT'S VERY MUCH CONSIDERED, LIKE, A FAMILY THING.

I WAS REALLY SCARED TO DO THAT, BUT I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO SHARE THAT THIS KIND OF THING HAPPENS ON CAMPUS.

Linor: I THINK THERE IS A CRISIS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES ALL AROUND THE STATES.

I HEARD FROM A STUDENT IN SANTA BARBARA WHO GOT RAPED BY A SOCCER PLAYER.

SHE DID PRESS CHARGES AGAINST HIM, BUT NO ONE SUPPORTED HER.

I GUESS EVERYONE IN SANTA BARBARA WAS TURNED AGAINST HER.

WHAT'S GOING ON AT THESE COLLEGES?

Woman: ERIC FRIMPONG WAS FOCUSED ON HIS EDUCATION AND HIS SPORT ACCORDING TO HIS FRIENDS, BUT AUTHORITIES SAY FRIMPONG'S FOCUS LAST FEBRUARY WAS ON A WOMAN THEY SAY HE RAPED ON THE BEACH IN ISLA VISTA.

Man: FRIMPONG, PICTURED HERE WEARING JERSEY NUMBER 12, IS A MEMBER OF THE MEN'S NATIONAL CHAMPION SOCCER TEAM.

MY NAME IS TRICIA, AND I WAS RAPED WHEN I WAS 19.

Linor: AND THIS IS A GUY YOU KNEW BEFORE?

I MET HIM AN HOUR BEFORE, JUST ON THE STREET, JUST WALKING BETWEEN PARTIES.

HE SAID, "OH, COME BACK TO MY HOUSE AND WE'LL PLAY SOME DRINKING GAMES."

AND THAT DIDN'T SOUND UNUSUAL.

SO, YEAH, I SAID, "SURE." OKAY.

SO, AFTER THE GAME, WE WALKED TO THE BEACH, AND THE NEXT THING I REMEMBER VERY CLEARLY IS BEING THROWN TO THE GROUND, AND HE WAS ON TOP OF ME, AND HE STARTED CHOKING ME.

I WAS JUST HELPLESS --

100%, COULDN'T MOVE.

WHEN SHE CALLED ME THAT NIGHT, I HAD NEVER HEARD THAT TONE IN HER VOICE.

WHEN SHE CALLED ME TO PICK HER UP, SHE HAD SAND ALL OVER HER, HER BRUISES WERE COMING OUT.

I'VE NEVER BEEN THAT SCARED BEFORE, EVER, IN MY LIFE.

AND SO, I PICKED HIM OUT OF THE LINEUP, AND THEY TOLD ME WHO HE WAS.

AND THEY SAID, "JUST SO YOU KNOW, HE IS A SOCCER PLAYER, SO THIS MIGHT NOT BE QUIET."

THE STUDENT WHO RAPED ME TURNED OUT TO BE A BIG SOCCER STAR AT THE UNIVERSITY THAT I GO TO.

SO, NOBODY WANTED TO BELIEVE MY SIDE OF THE STORY.

THEY JUST LOVED HIM.

Linor: HOW MUCH TIME IT TOOK YOU TO PUT HIM IN PRISON?

YEAR AND A HALF.

HOW MUCH DID HE GET?

SIX YEARS.

Munni: IT WAS ALL OVER CAMPUS.

EVERYONE WAS TALKING ABOUT IT EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY.

Tricia: WELL, IT WAS LIKE THE FRONT-NEWS STORY OF THE SCHOOL NEWSPAPER... A LOT.

AND THE SANTA BARBARA NEWSPAPER. Linor: YEAH.

YOU'RE SO LUCKY THAT YOU HAVE EACH OTHER, REALLY.

WE'RE LUCKY.

Munni: I LOVE YOU.

Linor: [ LAUGHS ]

BYE.

MY FRIENDS AND MY PARENTS, IF I WOULDN'T SHARE WITH THEM, THEY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO HELP ME OR TO JUST GIVE ME WHAT I NEED, WHICH IS LOVE AND JUST SOMETIMES JUST A HUG OR...

YOU KNOW?

AND SAYING THAT, "I'M THERE FOR YOU, DON'T WORRY."

Group: SHABBAT SHALOM!

Aliza: SHABBAT SHALOM.

[ DOG BARKING ]

ME AND MY HUSBAND ARE NOT VERY RELIGIOUS, BUT WHEN LINOR IS HERE, WE MAKE THE EFFORTS TO RESPECT HER.

WHY ARE YOU ADDING WATER? THREE DROPS.

WHY? IT SWEETENS THE JUDGMENT.

YOU ADD THREE DROPS TO THE WINE. NEVER HEARD OF THAT.

Aliza: ONE DAY, I COME HOME, AND I SEE ALL MY CUPBOARDS EMPTY.

LINOR TOOK ALL MY DISHES TO THE MIKVEH TO MAKE THEM KOSHER.

A FEW DISHES SHE CAN'T MAKE KOSHER.

SHE HAS TO THROW THEM TO THE GARBAGE.

I SAID, "OKAY. WE'LL BUY NEW ONES."

BLESSED ARE YOU, ADONAI OUR GOD, SOVEREIGN OF THE UNIVERSE, WHO HAS SANCTIFIED US WITH MITZVOT, AND INSTRUCTED US TO KINDLE SHABBAT LIGHT.

IT'S SO HARD AND COMPLICATED TO BECOME RELIGIOUS.

I ONLY BEGIN, AND HOPEFULLY --

I MEAN, THE WILL, IT'S THE ONLY THING THAT COUNTS.

LIKE, IF YOU WANT TO DO GOOD, THAT'S THE BEST, AND THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO. I WANT TO DO GOOD.

Linor: SWEETHEART? YES?

I'M GOING TO...

...TO MEET WITH THE GUY WHO WAS MY BOYFRIEND AT THE TIME.

WHO IS IT? LIOR.

WHO'S LIOR?

HE WAS MY BOYFRIEND WHEN I WAS RAPED.

OKAY. SO, I'M GOING TO MEET WITH HIM.

SHOULD I BE JEALOUS? [ CHUCKLES ]

SHOULD I BE WORRIED? NOT AT ALL.

[ KISS, LINOR CHUCKLES ]

DO WHAT YOU'VE GOT TO DO.

Linor: YOU WERE THE ONLY MAN I KNEW INTIMATELY BEFORE WHAT HAPPENED.

I WAS A PART OF THIS NIGHTMARE.

A TINY PART, BUT A PART NONETHELESS.

DID I TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT HE DID TO ME?

YES, YOU DID.

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO REACT, HOW TO DEAL WITH YOU.

HOW WAS I SEXUALLY AFTER WHAT HAPPENED?

DID I ACT NORMALLY?

I DON'T... DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS.

NOT THE DETAILS, BUT...

OF COURSE YOU DIDN'T.

I DIDN'T ACT NORMAL?

I'D RATHER NOT TALK ABOUT IT.

Motty: THE GUY THAT WAS HER BOYFRIEND, HE DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THE SITUATION.

SO, HER MOM, AS A MOM THAT CARES ABOUT HER DAUGHTER, SHE SAID, "YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE THAT..."

LINOR SPEAKS TO.

"...SHE WILL LISTEN TO." YEAH.

IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME TO MAKE HER FEEL, FIRST OF ALL, SECURE WITH A MAN, AND ALTHOUGH THAT, YOU KNOW, I'M GAY, I WANTED TO LET YOU FEEL AS A WOMAN AGAIN.

THE WHOLE TRIAL, SOMETIMES I FELT LIKE A SECURITY GUY, AND SOMETIMES I FELT LIKE A LOVER, AND SOMETIMES I FELT LIKE A BROTHER AND A DAD.

I THINK THAT WITH YOU I HAD ALL THE ROLES.

YOU KNOW, AT FIRST, AFTER THE RAPE, I WAS DATING GUYS.

AND EVERY TIME SOMEBODY TRIED TO TOUCH ME, JUST TOUCHING ME, YOU KNOW, I WOULD BE LIKE, "WAH!", CRYING LIKE CRAZY AND THEN TELLING THEM ALL THE STORY.

I USED TO LEAVE GUYS LIKE THIS, LIKE IN SHOCK, YOU KNOW, LIKE...

[ CHUCKLES ]

LIKE, SPEECHLESS, YOU KNOW?

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

BUT THEN IT WAS GOOD BECAUSE I TOOK IT OUT OF MY SYSTEM.

AND THEN I COULD MOVE ON TO THE OTHER ONE, YOU KNOW, JUST TO SEE WHO WAS THE MOST SENSITIVE THAT I COULD STAY WITH, YOU KNOW?

MM-HMM.

HE WAS PLAYING BASKETBALL IN ISRAEL.

HE WAS VERY GOOD. I NEVER WATCHED BASKETBALL.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WANT.

I WAS SEARCHING FOR THAT, BUT, I MEAN, PROBABLY NOT IN THE RIGHT PLACES.

BY THE JEWISH LAW, WHEN YOU GET MARRIED TO SOMEBODY THAT IS NOT JEWISH, YOU DIDN'T GET MARRIED, YOU'RE NOT MARRIED.

SO, I DIDN'T.

FOR A REALLY LONG TIME AFTER THE RAPE, SEX HAD...

WAS COMPLETELY DETACHED FROM LOVE AND ROMANCE.

I COULDN'T LET MYSELF GO, I COULDN'T ENJOY, I COULDN'T GET PLEASURE, AND I WAS ALWAYS TENSE.

AND EVENTUALLY, YOU KNOW, IT AFFECTED MY RELATIONSHIP, MY PRIVATE RELATIONSHIP WITH MEN.

I DON'T LIKE TO BE TOUCHED MOST WAYS.

I HAVE TO DIRECT EVERY SINGLE MOVE THAT MY HUSBAND MAKES IN ORDER FOR ME TO FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH HIM.

[ JET ENGINE ROARS ]

Linor: I'M TRAVELING ON MY OWN THIS TIME.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US AND THE TEDDY BEAR CLINIC.

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THESE GIRLS --

VERY YOUNG GIRLS, I HAVE TO SAY --

THAT THEY WEREN'T ASHAMED TO SAY WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM.

WE NEED TO SPEAK OUT. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY.

I WANT MY WORK TO GO BEYOND THE GIRLS AND WOMEN I'VE MET IN PERSON.

I NEED TO BRING MORE ATTENTION TO THIS ISSUE.

I'M GOING TO MEET WITH SOME PROMINENT PEOPLE WHILE I'M HERE.

[ APPLAUSE ]

I THINK FOR WOMEN TO HEAR YOU SPEAK ABOUT SOMETHING THAT IS NOT SO PRETTY, IT'S VERY BRAVE, AND I THINK IT CAN GIVE SO MUCH COURAGE TO OTHER WOMEN.

I WAS RAPED WHEN I WAS 17 YEARS OLD.

HE SAID, "DO YOU WANT A DRINK?"

AND I SAID, "YEAH, RUM AND COKE."

AND NEXT THING I KNEW, I WAS OUT FLAT ON THE SOFA IN THAT LIVING ROOM, AND HE WAS RAPING ME.

AND WHAT HE HAD GIVEN ME WAS A DRUG.

IT WAS WHAT IS CALLED IN THOSE DAYS A MICKEY FINN, WHICH I THINK TODAY WOULD BE ROHYPNOL OR ANYTHING.

IT FELT SO HORRIBLE THAT I'D DONE THIS THING AND I'D --

IT WASN'T MY FAULT, BUT, YOU KNOW, I WENT OUT WITH HIM, AND MAYBE I SHOULDN'T HAVE GONE OUT WITH HIM.

HE WAS MUCH OLDER THAN ME, AND HE WAS A FAMOUS STAR.

ANYWAY, THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT HE CALLED ME, AND I WENT OUT WITH HIM AGAIN.

AND AFTER I'D BEEN GOING OUT WITH HIM FOR A FEW MONTHS, HE ASKED ME TO MARRY HIM.

AND I THOUGHT, "WELL, I'D BETTER BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, HE TOOK MY VIRGINITY."

I REALLY HATED HIM, BUT I WAS SO FILLED WITH GUILT.

IT TOOK A LONG TIME TO BE ABLE TO REALLY TRUST ANY MAN.

Woman: I DON'T KNOW WHO YOU'VE TALKED TO, BUT, YOU KNOW, YOU COULDN'T DO THIS WITHOUT ME.

Linor: [ CHUCKLES ] [ LAUGHS ]

IT WOULDN'T BE AS GOOD!

[ LAUGHTER ]

AND I WANT IT TO BE GOOD BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU'RE DOING THIS, SO...

I'M FRAN, AND I WAS RAPED AT GUNPOINT WHEN I WAS 27.

WE HAD JUST FINISHED DINNER.

A GIRLFRIEND OF MINE WAS JOINING MY HUSBAND AND I.

THEN SUDDENLY WE HEARD A BIG BOOM, AND THE DOOR HAD BEEN PUSHED DOWN, OPENED.

AND TWO MEN WITH GUNS, WHO TURNED OUT TO BE BROTHERS, THEY TIED MY HUSBAND UP, AND ONE BROTHER STOLE EVERYTHING IN THE HOUSE, AND THE OTHER ONE RAPED ME AND MY GIRLFRIEND.

AND PETER'S MOM HAD CALLED WHEN IT WAS ALL HAPPENING.

WOW.

AND THE RAPIST UNTIED HIM -- PETER --

AND, YOU KNOW, TOOK THE GAG OFF AND HELD THE PHONE TO HIS EAR.

AND SO, HE TALKED TO HIS MOM.

IT WAS THIS LITTLE MOMENT WHERE SOMEBODY COULD HAVE RESCUED US, BUT WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO

'CAUSE THERE WAS A GUN TO PETER'S HEAD, AND WE JUST DID WHAT WE WERE TOLD.

AND, UM...

BUT...

OH, GOD, THERE GOES ALL YOUR MAKEUP.

[ LAUGHS ]

BUT...

THE DETECTIVE TOLD US THAT WE DID EVERYTHING RIGHT BECAUSE WE LIVED.

AND IF YOU LIVE, THEN IT'S OKAY, YOU DID EVERYTHING RIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MY WEBSITE IS OVER 30,000 VISITORS.

I'VE BEEN GETTING E-MAILS FROM EVERY COUNTRY YOU CAN THINK OF.

I'M SO PROUD OF EVERYONE WHO POSTED THEIR STORIES.

I KNOW IT'S NOT EASY.

I FOUND ANOTHER ACTIVIST HERE IN L.A.

WHO IS ALSO A VICTIM.

HELLO, LINOR! HOW ARE YOU? IT'S NICE TO MEET YOU.

MY NAME IS JIM, AND I WAS SEXUALLY VICTIMIZED WHEN I WAS 15.

Woman: LAST FRIDAY, WE OPENED THE FLOODGATES ON THE SHAME MILLIONS OF MEN HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH FOR YEARS.

I WAS SO SHOCKED TO LEARN THAT ONE OUT OF SIX MEN IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED.

HE WAS THE DIRECTOR OF THE C.Y.O. CAMP.

I LOOKED UP TO HIM BECAUSE I THOUGHT HE WAS A MAN'S MAN.

HE CAME INTO MY ROOM, AND HE SAID, "DON'T WORRY."

AND I, YOU KNOW, HID MY HEAD UNDER THE PILLOW AND I TRIED TO NOT BE THERE, YOU KNOW.

AND MY MOTHER ALWAYS WOULD SAY TO ME, "JIMMY, WHAT HAPPENED?

YOU WERE ALWAYS SUCH A HAPPY BOY.

WHAT HAPPENED? WHAT'S WRONG?"

AND I WOULD ALWAYS PUSH HER AWAY BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID IF SHE KNEW, THAT --

YOU KNOW, I FELT GUILTY. I FELT SHAMEFUL.

I SAID TO MYSELF, "HE WOULDN'T HAVE DONE THIS TO ME IF THERE WASN'T SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME."

WHO WAS THE FIRST PERSON THAT YOU TOLD?

WELL, I DID GO TO THE PRIEST AT MY HIGH SCHOOL, WHO TOLD ME HE FORGAVE ME FOR MY SINS AND NEVER TELL ANYBODY ELSE ABOUT IT.

HE JUST MADE FEEL MORE OF THE BLAME.

AS IT TURNS OUT, I HELPED GET THAT PRIEST ARRESTED YEARS LATER BECAUSE HE WAS MOLESTING BOYS IN MY CLASS.

I BECAME AN FBI PROFILER AND SPECIALIZED IN THE FIELD OF CHILD SEXUAL VICTIMIZATION.

ONE OF THE BEST GROOMING TECHNIQUES THAT OFFENDERS WILL USE --

AND GROOMING IS THE METHODOLOGY THAT THEY GET ACCESS AND CONTROL AND AUTHORITY OVER CHILDREN AND THEN GET THE KIDS NOT TO DISCLOSE AND ALSO TO KEEP COMING BACK.

ONE OF THE BEST METHODS IS TO GET A CHILD TO DO SOMETHING THEY KNOW IS WRONG.

SO, HE LET ME DRIVE WITHOUT A LICENSE, HE GAVE ME BEER WHEN I WAS UNDERAGE, AND HE GAVE ME PORNO MAGAZINES TO LOOK AT.

AND I KNEW ALL THREE OF THOSE THINGS MY PARENTS DID NOT ALLOW ME TO DO.

SO, IT'S LIKE A CONTROL MECHANISM.

IN ORDER TO GET TO THE VICTIMIZATION, IF I WAS TO TELL THE STORY, I'D HAVE TO GO THROUGH FIRST I DID THIS WRONG, THEN I DID THIS WRONG, THEN I DID THIS WRONG.

AND THAT'S HOW HE GROOMED ME INTO IT.

IN THE THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU, DID YOU KNOW THIS PERSON BEFOREHAND?

YEAH, I KNEW HIM ONLY FOR THREE DAYS.

SO, FOR ME, IT WASN'T LIKE REALLY I KNEW HIM.

I TRUSTED HIM BECAUSE I WAS VERY YOUNG AND INNOCENT.

WAS HE IN A POSITION OF AUTHORITY OR...

A TRAVEL AGENT.

I WAS SUPPOSED TO GO BACK TO ISRAEL, AND HE WAS A TRAVEL AGENT, ISRAELI, SPEAKING HEBREW.

SO, THAT'S WHY I DID TRUST HIM.

AND HE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THAT POSITION.

EXACTLY, EXACTLY.

Man: ANAND JON ALEXANDER FACED 13 NEW CHARGES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT TUESDAY AFTER SIX MORE WOMEN AND GIRLS ACCUSED HIM OF ABUSE.

Linor: A CELEBRITY FASHION DESIGNER HAD BEEN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING DOZENS OF YOUNG ASPIRING MODELS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

Man: ANAND JON!

Linor: HE FOUND THEM ON THE INTERNET, GOT THEM TO HIS HOTEL ROOM OR STUDIO, AND RAPED THEM.

Man: LET'S SEE YOUR BODY.

TAKE THAT OFF. LET ME SEE YOU.

Linor: HE WAS BEING SENTENCED WHILE I WAS IN L.A., SO I WENT TO THE COURTHOUSE TO GIVE SUPPORT TO THE VICTIMS.

WHAT NEW EVIDENCE DO YOU HAVE?

THERE IS A VIDEOTAPE OF ME HAVING CONSENSUAL SEX WITH THE ALLEGED RAPE VICTIM.

AND IT'S GONE MISSING. WHICH ALLEGED RAPE VICTIM?

Linor: A JURY HAD ALREADY CONVICTED HIM, BUT HE WAS DELAYING THE SENTENCING AND REQUESTING A NEW TRIAL.

Alexander: I DIDN'T GET A FAIR TRIAL, AND THAT'S ALL I'M ASKING FOR.

Linor: THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME I HAD BEEN TO A COURTROOM SINCE MY TRIAL MORE THAN 10 YEARS AGO.

Alexander: AND IF I MADE A MISTAKE, IF I COULD HAVE CHECKED SOMEBODY'S I.D. BETTER, I'LL ACCEPT THAT.

RAPE? UNH-UNH. NO.

NO, YOU MIGHT AS WELL GIVE ME THE DEATH PENALTY.

IT'S MADNESS!

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLARING ]

THAT IS NOT WHAT HAPPENED.

SHE KNOWS IT, I KNOW IT. I PASSED THE LIE DETECTOR TEST.

I KNOW IT'S NOT ADMISSIBLE, BUT WHEN SOMETHING...

Man: MISS WORLD, LINOR ABARGIL, TOOK THE WITNESS STAND FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS.

SHE TOLD THE JUDGES, "I'M GOING THROUGH A SECOND RAPE.

I NOW UNDERSTAND WHY GIRLS ARE AFRAID TO REPORT."

Man: SHE IS A VERY TALL GIRL CLAIMING SHE WAS RAPED, FORGIVE MY LANGUAGE, FRONT AND BACK IN A NARROW, TWO-DOOR BMW CAR.

HER VERSION IS SIMPLY NOT CREDIBLE.

YOUR MOTION FOR A NEW TRIAL IS DENIED.

Linor: I REALIZE HOW HARD IT IS FOR ME TO DO IT.

WHO AM I? LIKE, I'M 29 YEARS OLD, FROM ISRAEL, WHO WAS RAPED LIKE ALL THE OTHER GIRLS I'M TALKING TO.

AND I'M PLAYING LIKE A BIG MAMA, WHICH I'M NOT -- YOU KNOW? --

AND TRYING TO SAVE THE WORLD, WHICH I CAN'T.

I SEE WHAT I'M GOING THROUGH, LIKE, AT NIGHT, IT'S GETTING INSIDE MY BODY, YOU KNOW, TO SEE ALL THE PAIN OF THESE GIRLS.

CALL ME IF YOU'RE UP TONIGHT.

SHE WAS CALLING ME, CRYING HYSTERICALLY, SUFFERING.

SHE SAID, "I'M FEELING BAD. I WANT TO GO HOME."

THE PHONE CALLS WITH LINOR WERE HORRIBLE.

AND I ADMIT THAT I DIDN'T WANT TO TRAVEL WITH HER.

SHE BEGGED ME, BUT I DIDN'T.

YOU ALSO ASKED ME TO JOIN, BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO.

LATER I REGRETTED NOT BEING THERE.

Woman: LINOR CALLED ME FOR AN EMERGENCY SESSION, SO I ACCOMMODATED HER PRETTY LATE AT NIGHT.

SHE WAS HAVING SYMPTOMS OF POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER SHE DIDN'T HAVE FOR A LONG TIME, SUCH AS INABILITY TO SLEEP, NIGHTMARES, FLASHBACKS.

SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING TO YOU.

YOU HAVE...

YOU KNOW, PEOPLE PASS SO MANY CRISES IN THEIR LIFE.

WHY TO MAKE ANOTHER ONE IF YOU CAN CHOOSE NOT TO DO IT?

I CANNOT GO WITH ALL THIS WEIGHT ON MY SHOULDERS.

[ TRAIN WHISTLE BLARING ]

I FEEL LIKE I'M DROWNING.

RIGHT NOW, I CANNOT CONTINUE DOING THAT.

[ KEYBOARD CLACKING ]

I WAS SHATTERED TO PIECES. I DIDN'T LEAVE THE HOUSE.

I WAS SAD.

AND THEY KEPT SAYING, "YOU WON. WHY ARE YOU CRYING?"

EVEN PEOPLE WHO KNEW WHAT HAPPENED ASKED, "YOU WON. WHY ARE YOU CRYING?"

SO, I DIDN'T HAVE THE SPACE TO SAY, "FORGET THE CROWN FOR A SECOND!"

[ AUDIENCE CHEERING ]

"A MOMENT AGO, SOMETHING HAPPENED THAT NEARLY ENDED MY LIFE."

WHAT ARE YOU SCARED OF?

I'M AFRAID OF GETTING HURT.

I WAS RAPED, TOO. IT'S HARD FOR ME, TOO.

AND I'M AFRAID OF SCREAMING AND NOT BEING HEARD AGAIN.

LINOR HAS THIS DEEP WOUND INSIDE, AND I THINK SHE'S ON A JOURNEY TO HEAL HERSELF WITH THE SEEKING OF GOODNESS.

CAN YOU COVER YOUR SHOULDER?

I'M SORRY. YOU'RE KILLING ME.

[ CHUCKLING ]

[ KEYBOARD CLACKING ]

IN REGARD TO THE PRISONER, WHAT I CAN TELL YOU IS THAT HE'S BEEN IN CUSTODY SINCE JANUARY 1999.

HIS SENTENCE WAS 16 YEARS.

AND THE PAROLE BOARD IS NEXT TUESDAY?

YES, AND THE LAW ALLOWS YOU TO MAKE AN APPEAL.

YOU CAN SUBMIT A DETAILED LETTER DESCRIBING YOUR OBJECTION.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A VICTIM WHO WANTED TO SPEAK AT THE PAROLE HEARING?

MANY REQUESTED, BUT I TELL THEM THAT THE LAW ONLY ALLOWS THEM TO SUBMIT A WRITTEN STATEMENT.

HOW COME THE VICTIM IS NOT ALLOWED TO TALK AT THE HEARING AND THE PRISONER CAN?

IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE!

THAT'S THE LAW!

THEY'RE SAYING, "WE WANT TO HEAR THE RAPIST, AND YOU ARE NOT INTERESTING.

STAY HOME AND WRITE A LETTER."

WHY CAN HE BE REPRESENTED IN THIS HEARING AND I CAN'T?

IT'S INSANE! IT'S NOT FAIR.

IT'S ANOTHER DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE VICTIM.

WE CAN ONLY WORK ACCORDING TO THE LAW.

THE LAW IS UNFAIR!

OKAY... YOU'RE NOT ROBOTS, YOU'RE...

BUT I DON'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY.

BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE, THE JUDGES OFTEN DO TAKE THE LETTER INTO CONSIDERATION.

THEY DO PAY ATTENTION TO THE VICTIM'S STATEMENT.

SO, LET ME READ YOU WHAT I WROTE.

"TO THE PAROLE BOARD."

"THIS IS ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS I'VE EVER DONE IN MY LIFE.

HOW CAN I SUMMARIZE IN ONE PAGE WHAT I'VE BEEN FEELING ALL THESE YEARS..."

"...AND WHAT URI SHLOMO DID TO MY LIFE?"

[ TELEPHONE RINGING ]

Aliza: LINOR, WHATEVER YOU HEAR, YOU HAVE TO BE STRONG.

HELLO?

Ilana: LINOR? YES.

IT'S ILANA. GOOD AFTERNOON.

REGARDING THE PAROLE HEARING OF PRISONER SHLOMO URI SALAMA...

YES.

THE HEARING WAS POSTPONED AT THE REQUEST OF NUR'S LAWYER.

HE REQUESTED TO POSTPONE THE HEARING FOR ANOTHER MONTH AND A HALF.

I SEE.

HE ASKED FOR TIME TO SUBMIT A REHABILITATION PROGRAM TO THE PAROLE BOARD.

I SEE.

SO, THE BOARD WILL RECONSIDER IN ABOUT SIX WEEKS.

I'LL UPDATE YOU, AS ALWAYS.

THANKS. HAVE A GOOD DAY. YOU TOO.

GOOD-BYE. BYE.

PRAISE GOD. PRAISE GOD.

WHEN SHE START WITH THE RELIGIOUS, IT WAS VERY, VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TO ME AND MY HUSBAND.

IT'S LIKE LOSING YOUR CHILD.

I COULDN'T ACCEPT IT, ESPECIALLY WHEN SHE CHANGE HER CLOTHES.

BUT MANY, MANY VICTIMS BECOME ANOREXIC, PHYSICAL PROBLEMS, SPIRITUAL PROBLEMS, SO, IF IT MAKES HER HAPPY, WE'RE HAPPY.

IT'S HER DECISION.

Julie: I WAS NOT THE SAME.

I WAS GOING OUT DRINKING JUST TO SUPPRESS AND NUMB EVERYTHING.

I CUT ALL MY HAIR OFF, AND THEN...

Linor: YOU CUT ALL YOUR HAIR?

YEAH.

I JUST... I DON'T KNOW...

I THOUGHT IF I LOOKED UGLY, THEN IT WOULDN'T HAPPEN AGAIN.

I REMEMBER IMMEDIATELY AFTER, THINKING "I WANT TO WEAR A PAPER BAG OVER MY HEAD, I DON'T WANT TO BE SEEN, I DON'T WANT ANYONE TO LOOK AT ME."

YOU KNOW, "I DON'T WANT TO BE WEARING SKIRTS ABOVE MY KNEE."

I ENDED UP GAINING 50 POUNDS. I ENDED UP DRINKING TOO MUCH.

I'D BEEN KEEPING A SECRET OF AN EATING DISORDER, KEEPING A SECRET OF BEING A VICTIM OF RAPE.

AND THERE WAS TOO MUCH.

I COULDN'T HANDLE IT ANYMORE, AND I WASN'T HEALTHY.

I WASN'T...

I WASN'T HAPPY. I WAS MISERABLE.

I WOULD JUST SIT THERE AND THINK, "IF I JUST CUT MY SKIN, IT WOULD FEEL SO MUCH BETTER,"

AND I NEVER KNEW WHY.

I ACTUALLY USED A PAIR OF SCISSORS --

PRESSED DOWN AND DRAGGED THEM ACROSS MY FOREARM.

I GOT THIS KNIFE, AND I STARTED TO CUT MYSELF INSIDE OF MY PALM AND MY ARMS AND MY LEGS TO PUNISH MYSELF BECAUSE I WAS NOT CAPABLE OF RUNNING AWAY OR USE MY HANDS TO PROTECT MYSELF.

DO YOU FIND THAT THERE IS A CONNECTION BETWEEN WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU AND THE WAY THAT YOU HAVE BECOME RELIGIOUS?

YOU KNOW, PEOPLE ARE GOING INTO IT WHEN THEY ARE IN TROUBLE.

UNTIL WE BECOME RELIGIOUS, WE ALL IN TROUBLE, BECAUSE WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING, AND WHEN YOU FIND IT, WHICH IS GOD --

SOMEBODY CAN CALL IT KARMA, SOMEBODY CAN CALL IT I DON'T KNOW WHAT --

UNTIL YOU FIND IT, YOU ARE IN TROUBLE.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT IS STRONGER THAN US.

Woman: WELL, COULD YOU MARRY ORON IF HIS BELIEFS ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOURS?

WE BELIEVE IN THE SAME THING.

WE DO.

SO, YOU CAN'T -- HE'S NOT KEEPING THE SHABBAT.

HE DOES WITH ME.

THAT'S NOT TRUE. HE DOES.

SMOKING AND SHABBAT AND WATCHING TELEVISION, IT'S NOT KEEPING SHABBAT.

WE'RE NOT MARRIED YET, AND WHEN WE'RE GOING TO BE MARRIED, THIS CAN BE CHANGED, AND PEOPLE, I BELIEVE, ARE DOING EFFORTS FOR THE OTHER PERSON IN THE HOUSE, TOO, BECAUSE THEY LOVE EACH OTHER AND BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, AND SOMETIMES IT JUST HAPPEN IN A DAY, YOU KNOW?

THEY WANT TO BECOME RELIGIOUS, YOU KNOW, OR THEY WANT TO BE, YOU KNOW...

SO, HOPEFULLY IT WILL HAPPEN.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL BE.

YOU NEVER KNOW.

Woman: OUR PAPARAZZI CAUGHT UP WITH LINOR THIS WEEK AT NETANYA COLLEGE, WHERE SHE IS A SECOND-YEAR LAW STUDENT.

SHE STANDS OUT IN THE CROWD OF STUDENTS, AND NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF HER BEAUTY.

THEY'RE ALL IN TANK TOPS AND SHORTS --

TYPICAL ISRAELI SUMMERTIME FASHION --

AND ONLY LINOR IS COVERED FROM HEAD TO TOE, NOT EXPOSING ANY SKIN.

Motty: I'M GOING TO PICK UP LINOR NOW, AND IT'S THE FIRST TIME THAT I CAN'T TOUCH LINOR.

YOU KNOW, LINOR NOW CANNOT TOUCH A MAN UNLESS HE'S HER HUSBAND OR HER FATHER, AND JUST THINKING ABOUT THE IDEA THAT SHE'S GOING TO SEE ME AND NOT KISS ME AND NOT JUMP ON ME, AND IT'S WEIRD.

HEY, YOU. DARLING.

HI, THERE. HOW'S IT GOING?

LET'S GO.

[ LAUGHS ]

NO TOUCH! NO HANDS!

YOU HAVE TO TRY ALL THESE ON.

YOU CAN'T TELL FROM HOW THEY LOOK ON THE HANGER.

BUT I CLEARLY CAN'T WEAR ANYTHING LIKE THIS!

WELL, I DON'T KNOW WHAT...

I MEAN, IT'S SEE-THROUGH, AND THE NECKLINE...

IT'S NOT THE SAME LINOR WHO WAS MODELING GOTTEX (BATHING SUITS).

Linor: TO ALL THOSE WHO SAY BEAUTY PAGEANTS ARE A MEAT MARKET, I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WHEN IT COMES TO OUR BODIES, WE CAN DO WHATEVER WE CHOOSE.

[ APPLAUSE ]

ONLY US, NO ONE ELSE. THANK YOU.

DON'T SHOOT ME LIKE THIS, PLEASE.

Motty: HOW COME HE CAN TOUCH YOU AND I CAN'T?

I'VE KNOWN YOU 15 YEARS.

Linor: HE'S NOT TOUCHING ME TO HUG ME. IT'S HIS JOB.

WHEN YOU DESIGN MY DRESS, YOU CAN TOUCH ME.

HERE, I'LL PUT THE FABRIC HERE SO YOU CAN SEE IT COVERED UP.

I FEEL LIKE CRYING.

WAS IT DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO ACCEPT HER RELIGIOUS CONVERSION?

VERY DIFFICULT AT FIRST!

WHEN I MET HER, SHE WAS TOTALLY SECULAR.

SO, HOW DOES IT WORK NOW?

I'M MAKING PROGRESS IN HER DIRECTION, BUT I DON'T LIKE EXTREMISM.

I TOLD HER THAT I WILL NEVER BE EXTREME.

I'M NOT ANY LESS OF A JEW BECAUSE OF IT.

BUT I STARTED OBSERVING IN A WAY I HADN'T BEFORE.

AND THESE LITTLE THINGS HELP KEEP HER STRONG.

Linor: NUR'S PAROLE HEARING IS COMING UP AGAIN.

THEY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE OTHER VICTIMS --

THE WOMEN BEFORE ME WHO TRIED TO GET HIM CONVICTED BUT THE COURTS DIDN'T BELIEVE THEM.

Woman: HELLO, LINOR ABARGIL. HELLO.

YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF THE SAME MAN WHO RAPED YOU.

I'M TRYING TO FIND TWO GIRLS WHO PRESSED CHARGES AGAINST HIM.

AS FAR AS I KNOW, HE WAS ACQUITTED IN BOTH CASES.

I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO TRACK THEM DOWN.

IF THEY HEAR THIS, I HOPE THEY WILL CONTACT ME THROUGH THE WEBSITE.

HE COULD BE WALKING DOWN THE STREETS OF NEW YORK ONE DAY, AND I RUN INTO HIM.

AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'D SAY, YOU KNOW?

I... I MAY CRY AND RUN AWAY.

I MAY PUNCH HIM IN THE FACE. I DON'T KNOW.

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'D DO.

I WOULD BE WALKING, AND I WOULD JUST SEE SOMEONE WITH HIS BUILD, MAYBE, OR WHO JUST REMINDED ME OF HIM IN SOME WAY, AND I WOULD JUST, LIKE, FREAK OUT, LIKE, WANT TO RUN AWAY OR JUST NOT BE ABLE TO BREATHE.

Munni: EVERY SINGLE DAY, I THINK ABOUT WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN HE GETS OUT AND WHAT IF HE LOOKS FOR YOU.

AND IF HE FINDS YOU, I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO DO.

[ KEYBOARD CLACKING ]

Woman: HE DROVE TO A FOREST AREA.

IT WAS AT NIGHT.

MY NAME IS SVETLANA.

I WAS RAPED BY SHLOMO NUR, THE SAME MAN WHO RAPED LINOR ABARGIL.

HE HAD A WEAPON. A KNIFE?

NO, A FIREARM.

A GUN?

YES. HE BEAT ME UP.

HE WANTED TO DUMP ME OUT THERE IN THE FOREST.

I WAS ALONE WITH HIM OUT THERE. HE COULD HAVE DONE ANYTHING.

IT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO ME.

DID HE TIE YOU UP? NO, HE DIDN'T.

HE RAPED ME AND HIT ME, AND THEN HE STARTED CRYING.

IN MY CASE, SHLOMO NUR WAS RELEASED DUE TO LACK OF EVIDENCE AND, IN MY OPINION, NEGLIGENT POLICE WORK.

I'M SURE THAT IF HE HAD BEEN FOUND GUILTY, LINOR'S RAPE WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.

SINCE I IMMIGRATED HERE, ONE OF THE BEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE WAS WHEN YOU GOT HIM CONVICTED.

WHEN I PASSED MY MEDICAL BAR EXAM, WHEN I BECAME A DOCTOR, AND WHEN YOU WON YOUR COURT CASE.

IT FELT LIKE MY VICTORY.

THAT'S SO GREAT.

YOU KNOW HE HAS PAROLE HEARINGS EVERY FEW MONTHS.

I WROTE A LETTER TELLING THE PAROLE BOARD WHY I DON'T WANT HIM RELEASED EARLY, AND THEY SAID YOU COULD WRITE ONE, TOO.

WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO WRITE?

YES, I WILL.

"MY STORY IS IMPORTANT TO THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST SHLOMO NUR, WHO IS CURRENTLY IN PRISON."

WRITE WHAT HE DID TO YOU.

THEY SHOULD KNOW.

THIS IS GREAT.

I'M SURE IT WILL HELP.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Motty: I'M VERY NERVOUS. I'M VERY ANXIOUS.

I COULDN'T SLEEP LAST NIGHT.

THE LAST TIME THAT I FELT THIS FEELING WAS IN MY BAR MITZVAH, WHICH WAS LONG TIME AGO.

AND IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE WEDDING.

SHE'S STARTING A NEW LIFE WITH A GREAT GUY.

HE WILL TAKE CARE OF HER.

OUR FRIENDSHIP WILL STAY, BUT MY ROLE WILL BE DIFFERENT.

LAST WEEK, WE WENT TO DINNER, AND SHE TOUCHED ME, YOU KNOW, A FEW TIMES.

SHE HERSELF, YOU KNOW, FORGETS SOMETIMES THAT SHE'S NOT ALLOWED.

I MISS IT, YES, BUT IT'S OKAY.

I HUG HER IN MY HEART.

WOW, SUCH A HANDSOME GROOM! I WOULD HAVE MARRIED YOU!

[ LAUGHS ]

Oron: IT'S NOT EASY. I HAVEN'T...

I'VE NEVER OBSERVED SHABBAT. I WILL START ON OUR WEDDING DAY.

AND I PROMISED TO OBSERVE FAMILY PURITY LAWS, WHICH RESTRICT WHEN WE CAN HAVE SEX, HOW WE CAN HAVE SEX, WHICH POSITIONS...

I WOULD BE LYING IF I SAID IT'S EASY.

I'M CONSTANTLY STRESSED ABOUT IT, BUT I LOVE HER AND I WANT TO MARRY HER AND BE HER HUSBAND, SO I TOOK UPON MYSELF SOME COMMITMENTS WHICH I BELIEVE WILL DO US GOOD.

[ LIVELY MUSIC PLAYING ]


YOU ARE BETROTHED TO ME WITH THIS RING ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF MOSES AND ISRAEL.

[ CHEERING, APPLAUSE ]

[ LIVELY MUSIC PLAYING, RHYTHMIC CLAPPING ]

DON'T TAKE TOO LONG.

COME ON, GIVE THEM AS MUCH TIME AS THEY NEED.

MINIMUM IS AT LEAST SEVEN MINUTES --

OKAY? Man: OKAY.

TO GET TOGETHER.

SO, WE'RE WAITING.

Yuval: BLESSED IS HE, RIGHT?

BLESSED IS HE FOR GIVING US LIFE AND FOR HELPING US REACH THIS DAY.

[ EXHALES SHARPLY ]

[ JET ENGINE ROARING ]

[ KEYBOARD CLACKING ]

Linor: I HAD TO COME BACK TO ITALY.

ORON AND I ARE TRYING TO START A FAMILY.

I THINK I HAVE TO FACE THE PAST IN ORDER TO OPEN THE DOOR TO THE FUTURE.

HI, ADELE?

I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU.

DO YOU REMEMBER THE GIRL YOU KNEW, [BEEP], WHO USED TO BE NUR'S SECRETARY?

NO, HONEY.

I'M TRYING TO FIND HER.

NO, HONEY, EVEN IF I HAD HER INFO, I WOULDN'T GIVE IT.

SHE WAS THE ONE WHO REACHED OUT AND CALLED ME AT THE TIME, SO, THAT'S WHY I THOUGHT WE SHOULD TALK.

IT'S BEEN SO LONG...

I KNOW SHE BECAME ORTHODOX, GOT MARRIED, HAS THREE KIDS.

THAT'S WHAT I KNOW.

I SEE. I DON'T HAVE OTHER DETAILS.

Woman: SO, ADELE SAID SHE WOULDN'T GIVE IT TO YOU?

NO, SHE SAID, "EVEN IF I KNOW, I WOULDN'T GIVE IT TO YOU."

I'M SURE, BY THE WAY, SHE KNOW.

THE WAY SHE TALKED, YOU KNOW, SHE KNOWS.

YEAH, BY THE WAY SHE TALKED, SHE KNOWS HER.

Woman: HMM.

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THE FIRST RAPE OF [BEEP]?

DID YOU KNOW IT?

THE FIRST CASE, I KNEW ONLY SENTENCE BECAUSE I READ THE SENTENCE.

I SEE.

AND I PRODUCED THE SENTENCE IN FRONT OF THE JUDGE IN YOUR CASE TO EXPLAIN THAT SHLOMO URI IS USUAL IN THIS KIND OF CRIME.

THE PROBLEM WAS THAT WHEN HE WAS BROUGHT FOR INTERROGATION, THE JUDGE THOUGHT THAT THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH TO PROVE AND SUSTAIN THE CHARGES.

AS THE PUBLIC PROSECUTOR, I AM ONLY ONE PART OF THE PROCESS.

I CAN ONLY PRESENT EVIDENCE, WHICH IS THEN EVALUATED BY A JUDGE.

DO YOU KNOW WHICH EVIDENCE THEY FOUND?

THEY FOUND YOUR HAIR, SCOTCH TAPE, THE PLASTIC BAG.

THEY DIDN'T FIND THE KNIFE?

I THINK NO. NO.

BUT IT'S TOO MUCH CLEAR THAT...

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN USED, BECAUSE YOU ARE FULL OF...

STABS. STABS.

IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE WITH SO MANY EVIDENCE TO RELEASE SOMEONE.

I MEAN, I CAN UNDERSTAND IF YOU DON'T HAVE DNA, IF YOU DON'T HAVE STABS, IF YOU DON'T HAVE A PUNCH IN YOUR FACE, BUT IF YOU DO AND THEY STILL RELEASE, IT MAKES YOU THINK WHY WOULD ANYBODY GO TO THE POLICE.

YOUR CASE AFFECTED ME, AND I WANTED TO SEE IT TO THE END.

SO MUCH SO THAT WHEN HE WAS RELEASED AND ESCAPED FROM ITALY AND WENT TO ISRAEL, I SHARED MY FINDINGS WITH THE ISRAELI AUTHORITIES, AND IT ENDED UP BEING A VERY SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION.

Linor: IT WAS MY LAST DAY IN MILAN.

I HAD BEEN TRYING TO FIND NUR'S OTHER VICTIM.

THE GIRL WAS HIS SECRETARY HERE, BUT WE HADN'T BEEN ABLE TO TRACK HER DOWN.

MOTTY, THIS IS THE HAND OF GOD.

HOW ELSE CAN YOU EXPLAIN THAT SHE IS HERE?

Motty: WHO IS SHE?

MY GOD, THIS IS CRAZY!

NO, PLEASE! Motty: OKAY.

I'M ASKING YOU NOT TO TAPE. ALL RIGHT.

I'M ASKING YOU. I HAVE FOUR GROWN CHILDREN!

NO ONE WILL EVER HARM YOU.

Linor: DON'T FILM IT. RESPECT HER WISH.

CAN I SPEAK IN HEBREW?

BECAUSE I'M TOO EXCITED TO SPEAK IN ENGLISH NOW!

WE WANTED TO GO TO ANOTHER RESTAURANT, AND THEN IT WAS CLOSED, SO WE CAME HERE.

AND I SAW THESE GIRLS LOOKING AT ME, AND I THOUGHT THEY PROBABLY RECOGNIZED ME.

AND AS SOON AS I SAT DOWN, SHE CAME AND SHE SAID, "HI, I'M THE GIRL THAT NUR DID THE SAME, 16 YEARS AGO."

AND I SAID, "I'M SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU BECAUSE WE WERE LOOKING FOR YOU!"

AND SHE SAID THAT THIS HAPPENED TO HER THE SAME.

TOOK HER TO THE SAME PLACE, HE HAD A KNIFE, HE SWEAR HER NOT TO TELL ANYBODY THE SAME LIKE HE DID WITH ME.

AND...

NOBODY BELIEVED HER.

AND SHE PRESSED CHARGES, AND NOBODY BELIEVED HER.

AND HE BROUGHT WITNESSES THAT WOULD LIE FOR HIM.

AND ALL THE COMMUNITY CONTINUE WORKING WITH HIM.

IT'S CRAZY.

YOU'RE IN MILAN FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE IT HAPPENED...

DO YOU REALIZE WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

IF WE ATE AT THAT OTHER RESTAURANT, WE WOULDN'T HAVE SEEN HER!

GOD IS WATCHING US!

I JUST TOLD HER, "LISTEN, EVERYTHING IS SO PLANNED.

WE WEREN'T SUPPOSED TO BE HERE. YOU CANNOT DISAPPEAR."

SHE WAS PARALYZED.

THANK YOU, GOD, THANK YOU!

GOD, YOU ARE KING!

BLESSED ARE YOU, LORD, OUR GOD, WHO HAS SANCTIFIED US AND COMMANDED US CONCERNING WASHING OF HANDS.

I DIDN'T GET A LETTER TO THE PAROLE BOARD FROM NUR'S VICTIM HERE.

SHE WAS TOO AFRAID.

BUT OUT OF THREE MILLION PEOPLE IN MILAN, I MET UP WITH HER BY CHANCE.

THAT'S NOT AN ACCIDENT, IT'S A SIGN.

IT LET ME KNOW I'M ON THE RIGHT PATH.

Aliza: THIS IS NUMBER 12. MAYBE FURTHER DOWN?

Linor: I STILL HAVE TO WALK THROUGH WHAT HAPPENED TO ME.

I KNOW I NEED TO.

Motty: THIS WAS YOUR APARTMENT? Linor: I THINK SO.

I CAN'T WAIT TO GET TO ROME TO SEE MY ANGEL, THE PERSON WHO HELPED ME TURN EVERYTHING AROUND.

THIS IS WHERE I MET NUR.

THIS WAS HIS AGENCY. NOW IT'S SOMETHING ELSE.

AND THE FIRST TIME THAT I SAW HIM WAS HERE WHEN I WANTED TO GET A TICKET TO TEL AVIV.

HE CAME TO PICK ME UP, AND HE SAID HE WANTS TO GO THROUGH THE APARTMENT TO TAKE SOME STUFF.

HE WENT UP. I WENT UP WITH HIM.

I DIDN'T FEEL NERVOUS OR ANYTHING AT ALL.

THIS IS THE LAST PLACE THAT I WAS BEFORE THE MOST HORRIBLE THING IN MY LIFE HAPPENED -- HERE.

I WOKE UP TO SOMEBODY ALREADY ON TOP OF ME, AND I WAS ON MY STOMACH, SO THERE WAS NOWHERE TO MOVE.

I WAS FOUR YEARS OLD THE FIRST TIME THAT HE LAID ME DOWN ON THE FLOOR.

HE FOLDED ME OVER THE TUB, AND HE RAPED AND SODOMIZED ME, AND...

I COULDN'T EVEN RAISE UP A HAND BECAUSE MY BODY SHUT DOWN.

I DIDN'T KNOW THAT I SHOULD TAKE THE RISK TO TRY TO YELL FOR HELP, BECAUSE WHAT IF NOBODY CAME, AND WHAT IF HE JUST KEPT HITTING MY HEAD?

THERE WAS A POINT WHERE I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, "I'M JUST NOT GOING TO SURVIVE THIS."

YOU DON'T EVEN THINK OF GETTING OUT OF THERE.

YOU'RE LIKE, "YOU KNOW WHAT? THIS IS THE END OF ME."

AND NOT EVEN DYING. YOU JUST THINK, YOU KNOW, THE WHOLE PAIN THAT THEY'RE CAUSING, IT HAS ALREADY KILLED YOU.

Linor: I WAS JUST SO NOT PREPARED TO WHAT HAPPENED.

I WAS...PARALYZED.

FIRST I STARTED SCREAMING, SO HE PUNCHED MY FACE.

WHEN HE WAS DONE, I TOLD HIM, "I HAVE TO PEE."

I THOUGHT MAYBE I WOULD RUN, I DON'T KNOW, NAKED SOMEWHERE, BUT HE OPENED THE DOOR, HE TOOK MY HANDS, HE HELD ME IN THE AIR.

MY LEGS WERE IN THE CAR, AND HE TOLD ME, "OKAY, NOW PEE."

HE TOOK OUT MASKING TAPE AND ROPE.

HE TIED MY HANDS AND PUT THE MASKING TAPE ON MY MOUTH THAT I WOULDN'T SPEAK.

AND THEN HE RAPED ME AGAIN LIKE THIS.

I WAS SHOUTING.

I FELT LIKE I WAS FIGHTING FOR MY LIFE.

HE STARTED TO FREAK OUT AND TOOK A PLASTIC BAG AND PUT IT ON MY HEAD.

AND THEN HE TOOK THE ROPE THAT HE USED TO TIE MY HANDS AND PUT THE SOCKS ON MY MOUTH AND THE MASKING TAPE AND STARTED TO STRANGLE ME.

I THOUGHT, "THAT'S THE END OF ME."

AND THEN IN ONE MOMENT, HE STOPPED.

JUST STOPPED.

HE STARTED TO TELL ME THAT HE'S SORRY, THAT HE CAN'T BELIEVE THAT HE DID IT AGAIN.

I SAW THAT HE'S COMING BACK TO HIMSELF, SO I SAID, "NOW YOU'RE GOING TO SHOW ME THAT YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, AND YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE ME TO THE TRAIN.

AND I'M NOT GOING TO TELL ANYONE, AND YOU DIDN'T MEAN THAT, AND IT WAS ONLY A ONE-NIGHT STAND."

THIS IS WHAT I SAID.

"AND DON'T WORRY, I SWEAR I'M NOT GOING TO TELL ANYONE."

I WORE MY CLOTHES, AND I PRETEND THAT I'M GOOD.

I MEAN, SURE, I DIDN'T LOOK LIKE I WAS AS GOOD, BUT I KNEW THAT IF I'll CRY, HE'S GOING TO KILL ME.

SO, I DIDN'T CRY.

WE NEVER LEFT MILAN.

WE WERE CIRCLING AROUND MILAN.

WE CAME HERE, AND I THINK HE LOOKED WHERE IS THE NEXT TRAIN.

THERE ARE JUST LIKE FOUR OR FIVE PEOPLE IN THE STATION.

I DIDN'T SPEAK TO NO ONE BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID.

AND I JUST WANTED THE TRAIN TO COME THAT HE CAN LEAVE.

BUT HE DIDN'T MOVE.

I THOUGHT THAT HE WOULD LEAVE ME, BUT HE DIDN'T.

IT WAS, I THINK, AROUND 4:00 IN THE MORNING, AND THE TRAIN CAME AROUND 5:00.

HE TOOK MY SUITCASE, AND HE CARRIED IT, AND I WAS FOLLOWING HIM.

PUT MY SUITCASES ON THE TRAIN AND JUST TOLD ME TO CALL HIM WHEN I GET THERE BECAUSE HE'S GOING TO WORRY, GOING TO BE WORRIED.

AND THEN HE LEFT.

AS SOON AS HE LEFT, I WAS CRYING.

I WAS AFRAID THE TRAIN'S GOING TO LEAVE, SO I TOLD SOMEONE THAT SOMEBODY WAS TRYING TO KILL ME.

HE WAS ASKING ME WHAT HAPPENED, AND I TOLD HIM SOMEBODY WAS TRYING TO KILL ME, AND I TOLD HIM TO TELL ME IF THE TRAIN LEAVES...

'CAUSE I WANTED TO CALL MY MOM.

SO, I WENT DOWN, I HAD THIS PHONE HERE WITH TELECARD.

Aliza: 5:30 IN THE MORNING, YOUR CALL.

AND I REMEMBER IT, AND I WON'T FORGET IT.

AND LINOR SAID, "MOM, HE TRICKED ME.

HE RAPED ME. HE TRIED TO KILL ME."

I CAN'T... I CAN'T FORGET THESE SENTENCES.

[ TRAIN ENGINE CHUGGING... ]

Man: AFTER BEING RAPED TWICE, SODOMIZED, TIED, STRANGLED IN VERY BRUTAL WAYS, STABBED...

SHE HAS THE INTELLIGENCE AND THE CALMNESS TO REASSURE HIM THAT IF HE WOULD LET HER GO, HE WOULD BE OKAY AND SHE WOULD NOT PRESS CHARGES.

AND THIS IS SOMETHING I THINK SAVED HER LIFE.

Linor: EVEN MORE THAN THE RAPE, I FELT MORE HOPELESS IN THAT TRAIN RIDE BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO BE THERE, LIKE, WHO WAS GOING TO WAIT FOR ME THERE, 'CAUSE I JUST HANG UP THE PHONE WITH MY MOM.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS TRAIN RIDE MEANS FOR HER, DOING IT NOW WITH ALL OF US?

I DO.

YOU REALIZE SHE'LL BE GOING HOME A NEW PERSON.

GOD WILLING.

SHE'S A STRONG WOMAN.

STRONGER THAN I AM. IT WORRIES ME.

I DON'T STAND A CHANCE.

DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH HER.

Aliza: FOR ME, IT'S STILL A TRAUMA, THIS TRAIN, 'CAUSE YOU DIDN'T GO WITH IPHONE OR MOBILE.

YOU COULDN'T SPEAK.

EIGHT HOURS I WAITED TO PHONE CALL, AND I SPOKE WITH HER BOYFRIEND.

Lior: I REMEMBER SHE SAID... SHE CHOSE HER WORDS CAREFULLY.

WHAT DID SHE SAY?

SOMEONE TRIED TO HURT LINOR, TRIED TO ASSAULT HER, SOMETHING LIKE THAT. OKAY.

I ASKED: "WHERE? WHAT? HOW?"

SHE JUST SAID, "SHE BOARDED A TRAIN IN MILAN."

SHE DIDN'T TELL YOU THAT I WAS RAPED?

NO, SHE DIDN'T SAY THAT.

I REMEMBERED THAT OFIRA IS IN ROME!

WE KNEW EACH OTHER FROM HIGH SCHOOL, BUT I HAD NOT SEEN HER IN FIVE YEARS.

I CALLED HER AND SAID, "OFIRA, YOU MAY FIND IT STRANGE, BUT IT'S LIOR."

I TOLD HER, "LINOR IS EN ROUTE TO ROME."

DID YOU TELL HER WHAT HAPPENED?

SHE DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING. I SAID THAT SOMETHING HAPPENED.

NOT SURE WHAT, BUT SHE BOARDED THE TRAIN IN HASTE.

[ KEYBOARD CLACKING ]

Linor: I HAVE NEVER STOPPED THINKING OF OFIRA.

WITHOUT HER, I WOULDN'T HAVE A CASE.

I COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT ON MY OWN.

HONEY!

DARLING, YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED ONE BIT!

OH, DARLING, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.

DON'T SAY THAT.

YOU'RE A PURE ANGEL. DON'T SAY THAT.

[ CHUCKLES ]

SO GREAT TO SEE YOU. [ CHUCKLES ]

YOU'RE A PURE SOUL.

I MET LINOR WHEN SHE CAME TO ROMA A DAY AFTER SHE'S BEEN RAPED IN MILANO.

I WENT WITH HER TO THE POLICE STATION AND TO THE HOSPITAL, AND I GAVE MY TESTIMONY IN HER TRIAL IN ISRAEL.

Linor: THAT'S MY HUSBAND. [ CHUCKLES ]

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING.

Ofira: AND YOU, PREGNANT ALREADY?

NOT YET. I HOPE SOON WITH GOD'S HELP.

AMEN, AMEN. SOON.

AMEN, AMEN.

SO GREAT THAT YOU'RE HERE.

SO WONDERFUL TO ARRIVE AND SEE YOU HERE IN DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES.

IT'S BEEN MANY YEARS. 12 YEARS.

I TOLD YOU, "I'M LIOR'S FRIEND. HE ASKED ME TO PICK YOU UP."

AND YOU STARTED CRYING.

I HAVE CHILLS THINKING ABOUT THOSE MOMENTS.

I COULD NEVER FORGET IT.

I DIDN'T REALLY BELIEVE YOU.

PLEASE DON'T BE UPSET WITH ME FOR SAYING THIS.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT A GIRL AFTER RAPE COULD LOOK THIS BEAUTIFUL.

WITH AMAZING SCENTS FROM HER HAIR...

I ASKED YOU THEN WHAT PERFUME YOU WERE WEARING, AND YOU SAID THAT YOU SPRAY SOME IN YOUR HAIR...

[ CHUCKLES ]

...AND EVER SINCE, I SPRAY PERFUME ON MY HAIR, TOO.

[ LAUGHS ]

I'M NOT KIDDING. YOU CAN SMELL IT.

[ LAUGHS ]

Linor: I DID THE THING THAT SCARED ME THE MOST.

IT FELT REALLY GOOD TO GO BACK TO ITALY BY CHOICE AND TO BE IN CONTROL.

I FEEL RELIEVED, AND I BELIEVE I'M GOING TO HAVE AN OPEN SPACE IN MY HEART NOW.

ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT YOUR INTERNSHIP AT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL?

EXCITED? I AM TERRIFIED.

IT WOULD BE YOUR FIRST TIME AT A TYPICAL OFFICE.

FOR SURE.

HAVING A BOSS, A STRICT SCHEDULE...

I'M REALLY MORTIFIED.

DO YOU KNOW WHEN IS THE NEXT PAROLE HEARING FOR THE SCUMBAG?

JUNE 14, PROBABLY.

OH, IT'S SOON, IN TWO WEEKS.

YES, BUT THEY KEEP POSTPONING IT.

THERE'S A BRIDE. WHERE?

A RELIGIOUS BRIDE. WAIT A SECOND.

EXCUSE ME.

EXCUSE ME.

EXCUSE ME.

ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED? YES.

WOULD YOU BLESS ME? OF COURSE. WITH WHAT?

WITH FERTILE SPERM. I AM LINOR, DAUGHTER OF ALIZA.

MAY YOU HAVE FERTILE SPERM, WITH GOD'S HELP, MUCH SUCCESS, HEALTH, HAPPINESS, JOY.

MAY YOU BUILD A FAITHFUL HOME BASED ON THE FOUNDATIONS OF TORAH AND LOVE OF GOD.

AMEN. THANK YOU, DARLING. ALL THE BEST.

YOU'RE LINOR ABARGIL, RIGHT? YES. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MAZAL TOV!

[ KEYBOARD CLACKING ]

Woman: ♪ MOTHER, SHOULD I RUN FOR PRESIDENT? ♪

Linor: THIS PATH I'M ON IS MUCH HARDER THAN I THOUGHT.

I HOPE I'M LIVING UP TO YOUR EXPECTATIONS.

♪ MOTHER, SHOULD I TRUST THE GOVERNMENT? ♪ Linor: I'M TRYING MY BEST TO BE OF HELP TO OTHER WOMEN, EVEN IF IT'S JUST ONE.

PLEASE PROTECT THOSE I LOVE.

BLESS US TO DO GOOD AND TO HAVE A FAMILY OF OUR OWN.

♪ OOH...BABE ♪

♪ OOH, BABE, OF COURSE MAMA'S GONNA HELP BUILD THE WALL ♪

♪ HUSH NOW, BABY, BABY, DON'T YOU CRY... ♪ HERE'S DADDY!

BLESSED ARE YOU, ADONAI OUR GOD, SOVEREIGN OF THE UNIVERSE, WHO HAS SANCTIFIED US WITH MITZVOT AND INSTRUCTED US TO KINDLE THE SHABBAT LIGHT.

AMEN.

I'M WALKING BACK FROM MY LUNCH BREAK.

I HAVE TO GO OVER THE FILES FOR THE HEARING TOMORROW.

I'LL CALL YOU LATER. BYE.

[ KEYBOARD CLACKING ]

♪ MOTHER, DID IT NEED TO BE SO HIGH? ♪

Lenoir: I THINK THAT MANY PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE TRAUMA END UP WORKING IN THE SAME FIELD TO HEAL THEMSELVES.

I TURNED THIS DISADVANTAGE INTO AN ADVANTAGE SO THAT I COULD HELP OTHER GIRLS.

THEY CAN SEE MY FACE HERE INSTEAD OF SOMEONE ELSE.

I THINK THAT WOULD HAVE HELPED ME IF I WERE IN THEIR SHOES.

I REMEMBER YOU WHEN YOU CAME HERE FOR THE EVALUATION MEETING BEFORE YOUR TRIAL.

WOW. YOU MEAN I WAS HERE? IN THIS BUILDING?

I REMEMBER I CAME TO SEE YOU IN THE HALLWAY, AND I WISHED YOU SUCCESS.

AND TO HAVE YOU WORK FOR ME AFTER ALL THIS IS A GREAT HONOR FOR ME.

IN MAY 2012, LINOR AND ORON WELCOMED GIRL AND BOY TWINS ODEI AND NATHANIEL TO THE WORLD.

Man and woman: ♪ ...I'M CONFUSED AND FEELING LOW-DOWN ♪

♪ THE HOUSE IS COLD ♪

♪ AND YOU, YOU'RE NOT AROUND ♪

♪ I'M TRYIN' TO CALL YOU ♪

♪ BUT YOU'RE NOT THERE ♪

♪ JUST WANT TO TELL YOU... ♪ URI SHLOMO NUR WAS DENIED PAROLE IN JUNE 2013 DUE TO LINOR'S EFFORTS.

HE IS SCHEDULED TO BE RELEASED FROM PRISON IN JULY 2014.

Ashley: SO, WHEN I TALKED TO LINOR LAST, SHE TOLD ME, "YOU HAVE TO TALK TO YOUR FAMILY.

THE WORST HAS ALREADY HAPPENED."

AND SHE WAS COMPLETELY RIGHT.

Morgan: THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH LINOR, WHILE TERRIFYING, REALLY...IT SHOWED ME THAT I'M NOT ALONE.

NO ONE DESERVES TO BE TREATED LIKE THAT, AND I -- I FINALLY HAVE MY VOICE BACK.

Svetlana: ALTHOUGH LINOR AND I ARE VERY DIFFERENT AND WE WERE BORN IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, A BRIDGE WAS CREATED BETWEEN US.

OUR SHARED EXPERIENCE CONNECTED US.

I FELT SHE WAS A PART OF ME, LIKE SHE'S MY SISTER.

Woman: IT'S PUT ME IN TOUCH FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALSO SURVIVED RAPE, MOLESTATION, AND IT'S HELPED ME TO REALIZE THAT DESPITE WHAT HAPPENED TO ME, I CAN GO ON AND HAVE A HAPPY LIFE.

SINCE MEETING YOU, LINOR, I GOT MARRIED, AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE YOU HELPED AND ENCOURAGED ME TO CONTINUE FOLLOWING THE HOPES AND DREAMS THAT I HAD BEFORE THE RAPE, AND I THANK YOU FOR THAT.

MY RAPIST HAS NOT BEEN CAUGHT, AND AT THIS POINT I DON'T THINK HE WILL BE.

I WAS VERY FORTUNATE, THOUGH, TO LINK UP WITH THE CLEVELAND RAPE CRISIS CENTER, WHICH WAS A VALUABLE RESOURCE FOR ME IN PUTTING MY LIFE BACK TOGETHER.

Tricia: SINCE MEETING LINOR, MUNNI AND I HAVE GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE, STILL LIVING TOGETHER.

Munni: AS A PERSON WHO HAS NOT EXPERIENCED THIS, YOU CANNOT KNOW HOW IT FEELS, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU CAN'T BE A SUPPORT SYSTEM.

Tricia: YEAH.

I AM VERY, VERY PROUD OF HER. VERY.

YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH.

I WENT FROM FEELING SHAME AND NOT KNOWING HOW TO COPE TO NOW HAVING STRANGERS COME UP AND TELL ME HOW BRAVE OUR DAUGHTER IS AND OFFER SUPPORT.

I AM GLAD THIS PROJECT MIGHT HELP OTHERS AS WELL.

Woman: ♪ MY BABY ♪ Man: ♪ MY BABY ♪ Both: ♪ I'M HERE TO SEE YOU THROUGH ♪

♪ OH, I'M HERE TO SEE YOU THROUGH ♪

♪ I'M HERE TO SEE YOU THROUGH ♪

♪ WE CAN SURVIVE ♪

♪ OHH... OHH... ♪ LINOR CONTINUES TO PRACTICE LAW AT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE, TO SPEAK PUBLICLY, AND TO SUPPORT SURVIVORS WHO REACH OUT TO HER THROUGH HER WEBSITE.