Jo is a marketer and model based in New York City. She was repeated sexually abused at the age of 3 by a teenager who was at her babysitter’s. She was again assaulted at 17 when she was at a party, where she was was given alcohol and raped by a fellow partygoer. Her mental health was affected in relation to her body image as she struggled with eating disorders and feeling as though her body was not worth treating well. She is now comfortable and happy with her body and how she views herself after years of effort, therapy and soul searching.
“One of the things that I wish I knew earlier is ‘You are not alone. You do not have to hide this.'”
“When you are comfortable, and as you are comfortable, talking about it helps, because it helps you explore those feelings, get them out and understand them.”