"My name is Lenore Abergil and I am a rape victim," began the former Miss World, who took to the UN stage on Monday evening and spoke at a conference initiated by Israel entitled "Hear Our Voice – Sexual Violence in the October 7 Hamas Terrorist Attacks."
Abergel, who experienced rape herself, attacked the hypocrisy of women's organizations around the world. "I was only 18 at the time. 25 years have passed. Since October 7th I hear the demons in my head, the terrible videos bring everything back. I feel their pain, their lives taken.
Lenore Abergil on the UN stage,
"I remember the warm embrace I received 25 years ago from international women's organizations, I felt that I had my back, that I was believed, that I was listened to. Did those organizations then demand evidence from me? Did they doubt me? Did they want to conduct a thorough investigation before jumping to conclusions? Not. How convenient it was then for these organizations to use my name, my advertising, to invite me to their detached conferences, to be photographed with the person who became their symbol. "I'm ashamed because today these conferences don't want to show the blood stains on my pants, the broken pelvises, the desecrated bodies of my sisters. Bloodthirsty Hamas terrorists have documented their war crimes, but most women's organizations remain silent. The truth will be revealed, we will not forget them and we will ensure that the world does not forget them. We will be the voice that has been taken from them."
Three weeks ago, Abergel spoke in a trembling voice and with great pain at a rally marked by the abducted women that took place in the "Abducted Square" near the Tel Aviv Museum. "The unbearable testimonies and videos of the abuse of women brought me back to my personal memory, awakening within myself the demons I face every day," she shared with brave honesty at the time. "Where are the women's organizations, where are the women who lead the world? Where are all the leading women in international media? We need you now, it's time to act."
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