Breaking the silence of rape

While walking in Belfast's Colin Glen forest park, American Winnie Li was raped. In a new book of personal essays, she writes about rape victims' fear of speaking out. Fiona Kelly reports.

11th December, 2011
Breaking the silence of rape
Winnie Li, former Mitchell Scholar, at the Europa Hotel in Belfast with Marylou Hartman of the US/Ireland Alliance. This picture was taken just days before Winnie Li was attacked. Photo: Pacemaker

In April 2008, America's George J Mitchell Scholars gathered in Belfast for an alumni reunion timed to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. The event, which included Senator Mitchell, the then taoiseach Bertie Ahern and most of the negotiators of the agreement, received worldwide media attention.

By Saturday, April 12, most of the Mitchell Scholars had left Belfast. However, filmmaker Winnie Li, a 2001 Mitchell Scholar at University College Cork, decided to...

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