‘Queen of Guns’ who was raped twice urges women to carry weapons for safety

A woman who was raped twice is now known as the "Queen of Guns" as she urges women to carry massive weapons.

Orin Julie, 26, from Israel, regularly poses with her huge gun collection and wants the law changed to allow more women in her country to legally carry a gun to protect themselves.

She runs an online gun accessories store and hopes that her message will be heard by the local government.

"I've been a rape victim twice in my life, the first time was at the age of eight; I was sexually abused by an older man," Orin said.

"It affected me so much that I lost all my confidence and became scared of everything.

“I turned into a really quiet child with few friends and I was always suspicious of adults, I had no trust in them.”

Orin tragically became the victim of rape again just years later when she was 15 years old at the hands of her then 18-year-old boyfriend.

She said: “I became depressed and stayed at home, I struggled with school, it affected every part of my life.”

Orin didn't report the crime to the police and it took her many years to start talking to family and friends about her ordeal.

She joined the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at 18, where she eventually served for three years as a combat soldier in the Search and Rescue unit.

The then teenager learned how to shoot a gun, as well as how to protect herself, undergoing Krav Maga training.

She said: "As a child, I was very weak, not confident, and sheltered away from realities of the world, didn’t know how to do anything by myself.

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"I needed someone strong to help me to protect myself and when I joined the IDF, I became that person.

"I fell in love with tactical training, weapons and self-defence, and I felt empowered for the first time.

“I became my own defender, protector, I stood up for myself, I found my voice and I’m now more outspoken.”

After leaving the IDF, Orin continued to take self defence classes and used her social media platforms to raise awareness of how women can learn to defend themselves.

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However, the Israeli government has very strict rules regarding gun ownership.

Currently, veterans of the IDF’s infantry units are eligible for gun permits, along with police officers who have received the equivalent training.

But Orin claims that the process of getting a gun is much easier for men who have served as combat soldiers and did basic training than for women.

She said: "It’s much easier for men who served as combat soldiers to get a gun.

"For myself, I was able to get one because I served three years as a combat soldier and then became a shooting instructor, but it was a long and difficult process."

After years of being in difficult relationships, she has now found love with a supportive man who she says "treats me like an equal".

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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