The Reverberations of Rape: Orna's Story

Seven years ago, Orna's life was irrevocably changed when she was abducted, tortured, and raped. Though she survived the attack, her wounds are still healing.

In this intimate podcast, Orna describes the mixed medical and psychological care she received, the complexity of tending to both her personal health and the legal process, and how she is learning to navigate the healing process. Orna suggests how healthcare providers can provide more sensitive care, offers solace and inspiration to other survivors, and shines a light on the racism and stereotypes our culture perpetuates about rape. We must collectively commit to dismantling the misnomer that rape only happens to young white women: it also happens to men, people of all races and cultures and ages, LGBTQ individuals, prisoners, and military personnel.

Suggested Resources:

The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization provides advocacy, resources, and educational information:

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE

Article on racism and rape:

For survivors:

Online forum for survivors to anonymously share their stories, and read others to see they’re not alone: Brave Miss World Speak Out