CONTENT WARNING: This post will discuss sexual violence and rape. Please stop reading now if these topics are triggering for you.
I first met Joy McBrien at a women’s leadership conference that she’d organized with several other young women, and was immediately struck by her openness and generosity of spirit. When I found out she’d created Fair Anita, I knew we needed to spend some time talking. As we did, Joy told me about her experiences being raped and how it had impacted her body image. She also told me that, like many women, she assumed how she looked was at least partially to blame for what had happened to her and we agreed that sharing her story here could have an impact. Both as a powerful act of reclamation for her and an opportunity to reach and help any women who were in similar situations and struggling for clarity.