Madeleine Black wants to end the shame, stigma and silence surrounding sexual violence enabling others to find their voice, whatever their story is.
I want people to know that it’s not what happens to us that is important but what we do with it. I will show how changing my mindset tapped into my resilience and transformed my life, making people question their own thinking and encouraging them to see that there are always choices to make, and if we choose to, we can get past anything that happens to us in life both professionally and in our personal life. I wants to encourage others to live their life courageously too; but ultimately, I want to inspire hope and show people that we are all so much stronger than we think we are.
The sharing of my story publicly on The Forgiveness Project’s website in September 2014, opened many doors for me in ways I never imagined, and the invitations started to pour in. Many women and men got in contact and explained how reading my story gave them strength, hope, and a different perspective of what’s possible in their lives. I have taken part in both TV and radio interviews and has been invited to share my story of being gang raped as a teenager at conferences, book events, schools etc.
Madeleine Black recognize that I was a victim of a crime that left me silent for many years but has now found my voice and intends to use it. Not just for me, but for so many who can’t find theirs yet.
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom