nancy ziegenmeyer

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A newspaper editor calls for rape victims to speak openly about their assaults. A survivor resolves to share her story. A journalist sheds light on her subject's struggle. Those three brave moves—by Geneva Overholser (then editor of the Des Moines Register), Nancy Ziegenmeyer (then-29-year-old mom of three who'd been raped in 1988, pictured above) and Jane Schorer (then reporter for the Register)—lead to a 1990 series of articles that sparks an outcry against rape stigma and reveals the trauma's ripple effects. We see Brie Larson, Emma Stone and Elisabeth Moss as the intrepid squad.