We are in the midst of a seismic shift, unprecedented in Western history. Victim survivors of sexual violence and abuse aren’t just being heard – some are even feted as icons. Rosie, Brittany, Grace, Chanel – these are women who are known not just for the violence they were subjected to, but for their power, tenacity and courage.
I’m not suggesting that we have banished the old era – in which victim survivors were pathologised, blamed, disregarded and disbelieved. Jurors remain so reluctant to believe rape victims, that rape itself is all but decriminalised.