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Award-winning documentary Brave Miss World screening at University of Rhode Island, April 23

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 10, 2014 -- The URI Womenís Center, Peer Advocates, and Students for the Advancement of Gender Equity (SAGE) are hosting a screening zand discussion of the new, award-winning documentary Brave Miss World to share the story of former Miss World Linor Abargilís courageous fight for justice.

The film will be shown at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 at Quinn Auditorium, 55 Lower College Road, Kingston. The event is free and open to the public.

From the streets of Mumbai to schools across the U.S., Abargilís story speaks to one of the most critical issues of our times. Former Miss World Abargil was the victim of a violent stabbing and rape, just before winning the Miss World crown. Brave Miss World documents her fight to convict her attacker and her own struggle to heal. Abargil speaks out about rape from the townships of South Africa, to universities in the U.S. where too often a campus culture turns a deaf ear to reports of rape.

When Abargil's serial rapist comes up for parole, her stability is shattered, and she tracks down his previous victims to convince the parole board to keep him behind bars. Ultimately, her refusal to be silenced triumphs, in her journey from teenage rape survivor to Miss World to empowered lawyer.

The URI Womenís Center and partners on this event recognizes the importance of igniting conversations about sexual violence and ways in which the URI community can support survivors and promote awareness.

For more information, view the website and trailer at www.BraveMissWorld.com or contact Racine Amos, 874-9131, amosr@mail.uri.edu.