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She Met Her Rapist After 20 Years, An Extraordinary Story Of A Rape Victim And Rapist

Have you ever heard a rape victim met her rapist? One can get the goosebumps! isn’t it. Interacting or talking is too far a rape victim would never want to see the face of her rapist again. But this story is a little bit different. In this, the rape victim, Thordis Elva not only met her rapist but interacted with him and also shared the space on stage with him to tell her experiences.

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Tom Stranger, rapist of Thordis have also shared his experiences with her on stage. This unique incident took place last year in October in San Francisco during a TED talk (free video streamed online). This video has received more than 29 Lakh views till now. Both the rape victim and rapist have also written a book together which got published this month.

This happened in 1996. Thordis Elva of Iceland was 16 years old that time. The 18 years old Tom Stranger from Australia, came to Iceland for one year under student exchange program. Both Thordis and Tom became good friends. In actual, they became girlfriend and boyfriend.

After a dance party in the school, Elva drank alcohol for the first time. Suddenly, Stranger started raping Elva. She was not in a state to defend herself. During TED talk she said, she felt a severe pain that time, helpless Elva was counting every minute of those hours of horror to over. She said that night she got to know that there exist 72,000 seconds in two hours.

Elva had suffered pain, sadness, sorrow and shock for many days. After the passage of one year, Tom returned to Australia. However, Elva was full of emotions like anger, sad, hate and repent. She also suffered a nervous breakdown. In such situation on one fine day, Elva wrote a letter to Tom in 2005. It was the first time they both talked after that incident. Elva wrote everything about the situations she went through after rape. She lashes out at Tom and slammed him badly.

After that, they both interacted with each other through letter conversations. Tom said firstly he thought he didn’t commit any crime. But after 16 years of the incident, he admitted his crime. Elva and Tom met each other in Capetown for the first time after that incident. Tom was guilty of what he did to Elva. However, she forgave him but she said she never forget the pain she felt.

Thordis Elva is a writer and a journalist. She has written many popular books. Currently, she is in Stockholm, Sweden, living with her husband and a son.

Tom Stranger lives in Sydney with his wife. He did B.A in social science and masters in cultural studies. He works for mentally challenged children and drug addicts. They really took a very courageous and unique step of coming together on a stage and sharing their experiences. However, Tom got criticised by the people because according to them no matter if Elva has forgiven him but he has to be punished for the crime he committed. Elva and Tom wrote a book together named – South of Forgiveness.

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