Author and activist, Winnie M Li describes events leading up to, and after, her rape – a day that changed the course of her life forever. She explores why survivors of sexual violence feel shame and how we need to change the way we think and talk about rape – by listening more to the experiences of survivors, we can see sexual violence as not just a criminal justice issue but as a public health concern. A Harvard graduate, Winnie worked as a film producer in London before being raped by a stranger in 2008. This prompted a long period of recovery, followed by a change of career. Ultimately, Winnie decided to focus on addressing the issue of sexual violence through the media, the arts and academia. Her debut novel, Dark Chapter, is winner of the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize 2017 and will be translated into nine languages. Winnie is also Co-Founder of Clear Lines, the UK’s first-ever festival addressing sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion. She is a PhD researcher at the London School of Economics, exploring media narratives around rape. Winnie is an avid hiker and independent traveller, having visited over 60 countries. She is fascinated by cultural forms of storytelling, particularly literature and film. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Winnie M Li

Author, activist, Co-Founder of Clear Lines Festival and PhD researcher

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