Adau Mornyang is an Australian South Sudanese born model and beauty pageant finalist who has become an advocate against rape victim-blaming culture, particularly in South Sudanese communities, She spoke out on Facebook about her assault that occurred at age 17 in Adelaide which attracted national media coverage and international on the issue.
Mornyang migrated to Australia when she was 10 as a refugee from war-torn South Sudan unable to speak English, Mornyang moved from Sydney to Melbourne on her own at age 17, and from 19 to 22 her career in modelling prospered. Working in the top fashion cities of the world, such as London, Paris and New York Mornyang kept to her goal of becoming a positive role model for her community, eventually using the Miss World platform to achieve it.
Miss World Australia 2017 Finalist
Mornyang competed for the Miss World Australia title at the Rendezvous Hotel against 30 other contenders, there she progressed to the final eight, Mornyang vowed to use the Miss world platform to inspire people and speak out against rape in communities which sweep the criminal acts under the rug.
Mornyang a victim of sexual assault herself was inundated after posting her experience on a one-hour-long Facebook video from women whom had faced similar assaults as well as positive messages, in the case of her sexual assault and rape she was bullied into asking the police to drop the charges laid against the offenders. Mornyang spoke out against victim-blaming but received a backlash from men in her community.
Apex teen crime wave
Mornyang urged South Sudanese parents and leaders in the Melbourne community to be proactive and play a more serious role of the teens who have been involved in violent crime, She believes African immigrants were not taking note of serious mental health issues in teenagers, thus turning them towards a life of violence and drug abuse. Mornyang told Herald Sun that the Sudanese community needed to integrate more by both teaching teenagers about their heritage and the local Australian cultures and laws.
Positive body image
Mornyang offered advice to young girls dealing with something that they feel insecure about their body by talking about her scar she received on her face. She told Teen Vogue she embraced her scar for the way it made her different and unique, and that people will try to bully you throughout your life at some stage because there will always be something they dislike about you. Mornyang ended by stating We all have scars, some you can see, some you can’t. I’m lucky you can see mine.
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