Raped at 10, survivor activist at 25

When a Czech woman posted a video describing her rape on YouTube, the positive responses inspired her to create Stoptabu, a project that helps people publish videos on social networks discussing the sexual abuse they have suffered.

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Why this story matters:

Jana Zbořilová was fascinated by the number of people who shared their traumatic experiencs with her after she spoke about her own. So she started Stoptabu to support other victims. She is now is raising money online for the project to develop better techniques for shooting video clips, and for renting new premises for seminars, etc.

“I’ve realised that going public with the story and with my real name was important and makes sense. There are, of course, negative comments. There is a forum where they claim I invented the whole case. I try not to pay attention, but it makes me feel sick to my stomach anyway. The worst thing is when somebody writes an appreciative comment, and then somebody else responds that we are all the same and that we deserve it”, says Jana.

Now that she is 25, with a loving and supportive family and partner who have stood by her, Jana finally felt strong enough to share her story in the hope that it could help others to reveal similar experiences and take this weight off their shoulders.

“If I had read the comments on my videos when 15, it would have crushed me. Now, I can handle it, says Jana in the interview below.

Details from the story:

  • 15 years ago, 10-year-old Jana was coming back from school. In front of her building was a man who claimed he was a photographer. He told her she was very pretty and that she would make a great model for his photo campaign with horses. She loved horses, so she let him in.
  • She didn’t know what sex was, she only remembered extreme pain and feeling that she did something wrong. She didn’t tell anybody, she wrote about her feelings in her diary. She only told her parents recently, when she decided to come out with the story.
  • More than 300 women and men sent Jana emails and numerous messages on Facebook and Instagram asking for advice or just sharing their stories which they hadn’t reveal to anyone until now.
  • One was from a man who was abused when he was 7 by an older schoolmate, one was from a young woman had been raped by a priest 10 years ago and had sent a letter to the church, but nothing was done.
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