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"The more I travelled on my own I realised that for the most part the world is full of good people"

An intelligent, independent successful woman used to solo travel decided on a business trip to take a hike.

Something that Winnie had done many times before. It was the middle of the afternoon. She was prepared.  Later she would ask so many questions... What if I'd left 5 minutes earlier? What if it had rained? What if I had decided not to go at all. You only ask yourself these questions when something goes wrong. That day Winnie's paths crossed with a violent teenager and from that moment her life would never be the same again. 

Being a rape survivor. Winnie had to rebuild her life. She is now an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, and has written an award-winning novel based on her experience, even writing an imagined history of her attacker. This is Winnie... This Is Strong. 

"Every victim always thinks 'what could I have done to avoid that?' and that can very quickly slide into 'it was my fault' or 'I was somehow responsible' "
Listen to my chat with Winnie here:
Buy "Dark Chapter" here:
Winnie runs Clear Lines, an organisation which addresses sexual violence through the arts and discussion:

Visit Winnie's Website here:
More info on Winnie can be found here: 

TEDx London (16-min live talk at Royal Festival Hall): ing_the_way_we_think_about_sexual_violence

BBC World News (5-min TV interview):

Sky News ‘Divided’ (12-minute TV interview):

1000 Londoners video (3-min video portrait):

LA Review of Books (interview):

The Guardian (opinion piece):

The Irish Times (feature article):


The Guardian (feature article):

The Times (first-person feature):

The Mail on Sunday (first-person feature):

BBC Woman’s Hour (15-min radio interview):

BBC World Service, ‘The Conversation: Survivors of Sexual Assault’ (27-minute radio interview):

Gal-Dem magazine (feature article):

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