Miss World Australia finalist Adau Mornyang says she was raped at 17

A Miss World Australia finalist from Victoria, 22-year-old Adau Mornyang, has spoken about being a survivor of rape, which occurred when she was a teenager.



In an emotional hour-long live video on Facebook, Ms Mornyang described the incident, which she said occurred in Adelaide in 2012, when she was 17, after meeting up with two male friends.

She said she had turned to them for support after breaking up with her boyfriend. They encouraged her to drink alcohol, and she eventually blacked out. She said she woke up on a concrete floor of an Adelaide car park.


“I lay there in shock. I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t open my mouth, I couldn’t open my eyes…my vision was so blurry,” Ms Mornyang said in the video. 

“I could hear the two boys talking among themselves as I laid there in shock and I knew what was about to happen, but I couldn’t move. My body just shut down.

“As they were…taking turns, I was lying there crying to God that I just died. I just couldn’t believe it was happening.”

The Facebook video has had over 39,000 views and been shared more than 400 times.

Ms Mornyang said her purpose for the video was to begin a conversation about rape and rape culture, particularly in South Sudanese communities. 

She said she sees the Miss World Australia pageant, which she will compete in in July, as an opportunity to speak about social issues, and help those who have also experienced sexual assault.

If you or someone you know needs to speak to someone about sexual assault, you can contact 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.