Known for living lavishly, socialite Judith Heard has now tilted her focus to stand up for victims of sexual assault through her charity organisation dubbed “Day One.”
Through her social media platforms, Judith Heard, a mother of three based in New York said that victims of sexual assault need someone to listen and believe in them and this is why she has now decided to put up a team that seeks to end rape and sexual assault by creating awareness and providing rehabilitation to the survivors.
Heard also narrated how herself was not once, but twice a victim of the vice having been defiled by her own uncle aged 15 at the time and two years later, aged 17 by two army officers at gun point in DR Congo.
“As a young girl growing with big ambitions and bigger dreams, I was tormented by nightmares of what had happened to me in my earlier years. I was defiled by my uncle at of 15, in the night before my final school exams and later on, at 17 raped by two army officers at gun point.”
Fortunately for her, Judith Heard noted that she had a loving and caring grandmother who she could share this dark secret with which helped to become self aware of the things she could do if she was more confident and recognised her worth.
“All I needed from day one was a safe space where I felt I could share my story. My now deceased grandmother took the time to listen to me and she told that everything would be okay. If we have more people willing to listen and believe, that would make life much easier for everyone.” – Judith lamented in part of the statement.
It’s on such a background that she now vows to play the role of her grandmother by being an ear to fellow victims of sexual assault through her organisation that she named “Day One.”
According to the 2017 Crime report, 16,862 cases out of the total 252,065 cases reported to police were sex related and the figures remain high despite a remarkable decrease to the 2016 statistics.