Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger:
Our story of rape and reconciliation
In 1996, Thordis Elva shared a teenage romance with Tom Stranger, an exchange student from Australia. After a school dance, Tom raped Thordis, after which they parted ways for many years. In this extraordinary talk, Elva and Stranger move through a years-long chronology of shame and silence, and invite us to discuss the omnipresent global issue of sexual violence in a new, honest way. For a Q&A with the speakers, visit go.ted.com/thordisandtom.
Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia provides 24/7 telephone and online crisis counseling for anyone in Australia who has experienced or is at risk of sexual assault, family or domestic violence.
A shelter for women and their children, when living at home is intolerable due to mental or physical abuse by a husband, partner or other family member.