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Miss World Australia 2017 Finalist Adau Mornyang reveals she was raped by two men

The gorgeous Adau Mornyang will compete at the 2017 Miss World Australia Pageant later this year. And she wants to use her voice for sexual assault victims. 'I'm here to talk about something that happened to me six years ago,' Ms Mornyang said. She revealed she was raped by two men when she was 17. 

 

She shared her story during a distressing live video which revealed her heartache caused by the traumatising ordeal. 'I remember this day like it was yesterday. It has haunted me for six years.' 'What I remember was I was on a concrete floor and I could hear the boys talking among them as I lay there in shock,' she said.

'I knew what was about to happen but I couldn't move - my body just shut down.' Ms Mornyang changed the names of the men who attacked her as she recalled her horrific ordeal.  'They both struggled to spread my legs. ''Peter'' had to hold my leg while ''John'' did his business,' she said.

'I couldn't talk, I couldn't open my mouth - I couldn't open my eyes. I tried to but my vision was so blurry... I couldn't believe what was happening - I trusted these guys.'

Ms Mornyang reported the incident to police and the men were arrested within 24 hours. I had the honor to interview this beautiful and strong woman.. Lets know a little more about her below!

Congratulations on being one of the candidates of Miss World Australia this year. How do you feel? 

I'm so honored to be able to represent multiculturalism in this years Miss World Australia. I am thrilled and nervous at the same time. Still feels like a dream to me. 

 
Pageant Fanatics already see you as one of the favorites for Miss World Australia. Do you feel under pressure ?? 

I personally feel a lot of pressure coming from around the world. I have young girls looking up to me, and young women and women who admire me so far, and it would be such a disappointment to fail them. 

 adau mornyang
 
Why did you choose the Miss World system instead of the Miss Universe System ?? 

Actually with Miss World Australia I was discovered at Plenty Valley shopping centre, and I figured at that time, why not. Why not try it, I have nothing to lose and I've always admired the Miss World and the Miss Universe pageants. I got given the opportunity and took it. It doesn't mean I wouldn't have loved to be a candidate for Miss Universe, but that's another opportunity itself.? 

Tell me something about yourself and your work. What do you actually do, and have done in the past?? 

Well I am a south Sudanese Australian. My family migrated to Australia in 2004 when I was 10 years old. I've been an international model for three years now. I've worked with some amazing high end designers, photographers, make up artist. I've traveled to Paris,London, South Africa, Singapore and New York/LA for work.? 

Last year, I traveled to Ethiopia for a charity event to raise money for a school there. I was really honored to have been apart of the charity work and to give back to those who were in need. Prior to that, I went to Vancouver and was apart of Walk for water charity with so Obakki Foundation. We managed to raise enough to built and provide clean water wells for the people back in South Sudan. To have been a part of such a project was really heart warming. Giving back to the poor and the needy had  always been my number priority and I try to get involve in as much charity events as possible.? 

I am also an advocate for Victims of Rape. I've been speaking to young girls in Australia to motivate them and empower each and one of them. I strongly believe in ending the rape culture and victim blaming. One can not simply ask to be raped. Society and the juridical system needs to start holding predators accountable for their actions. Instead of teaching women to dress a certain way, instead of blaming them in situations like this, we need to support them and have a support system. We need to start teaching men/ women, girls/boys the importance of consent and the affects rape has on the victim. It's something the victim has to live with for the rest of their lives. Victim blaming does not help. I am also an advocate for mental health. Mental illness isn't taken as serious as physical health.

Although it's a mind thing, those who suffering from depression, ptsd etc find it hard to cope with their day to day live. Having to have experienced mental illness myself, you can really take over your life. And we need to start being there for those who are going through this. Just give your time to listen to them, support them and reassure them that they are not alone. Instead of viewing people with mental illness as weak we need to see it from a different perspective. Mental illness is as important and life threatening as physical illness.  

Your favorite beauty queen ? 

My favorite beauty Queen will have to be Pia Wurtzbach. Not only is she stunningly beautiful, but she's so humble, caring and a very smart intelligent women. She represents herself with class and elegance.

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Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not? ? 

Social media plays a huge role in today's century. You can reach so many people around the world. You can educated and inspire so many. It is an advantageous for me because I have so many fans from across the world, and my message isn't just being shared within Australia, but I get to inspire so many through my personal page. I've received a ton of messages asking for advice, rape survivors trusting me enough to share their stories with them.

So not only do I post my experience and my glamorous pictures. I'm there to give advices and motivation to those who have lost hope. Those who don't see the importance of life anymore. 

 

 

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