Miss Israel, Linor Abargil, smiles after winning the title of Miss World, Nov. 26, 1998.
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Former Miss World empowering rape victims by sharing her own story

The documentary Brave Miss World tells the story of former Miss World 1998 Linor Abargil who was abducted and raped seven weeks before her win, and her mission to empower fellow sexual assault survivors to share their stories and to stand up against sexual violence.

Determined to change the stigma of rape victims, she travels the globe to meet with survivors from South Africa to Princeton, N.J. Hollywood stars like Joan Collins and Fran Descher open up to Abargil about their rapes. 

The film shows how Abargil transformed from an 18-year-old pageant queen to a lawyer and advocate. In the documentary, Abargil also returns to Milan, Italy, the scene of the crime, to find the prosecutor who worked with Israeli authorities to arrest her rapist.

Working with director Cecilia Peck, daughter of the Oscar-winning actor Gregory Peck, Abargil sheds light on the trauma and stigma of rape culture by sharing her story with the world and by reaching out to other victims of sexual violence. 

Watch the trailer below: