Sophie, Countess of Wessex 'wept' for sexual assault survivors

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Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, recently admitted that she was heartbroken and went to some “very dark places” after hearing “terrible stories” of sexual assault survivors.

In a recent appearance in a London School of Economics webinar, the British royal said she often broke into tears while she was working to raise awareness about the issue. The 56-year-old said: “To hear their stories, you know when you’ve got tears dripping off your chin, I mean you just, you can’t help but weep with them because they are so terrible, these stories.”

“It really is heartbreaking and I’ve gone to some very dark places, you know, internally. But I’m not living it and therefore if they can survive, if they can put one foot in front of the other, then for goodness’ sake of course I can,” the Countess added.

The webinar was attended by Visaka Dharmadasa, a Sri Lankan peace activist, Abir Haj Ibrahim, co-founder of Mobaderoon – a network of activists that train community development projects and civil society organisations in Syria, and Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, director of the London School of Economics centre for Women, Peace and Security.