Staring can make people extremely uncomfortable. It’s incredibly violating and often leads to the awkward dupatta adjustment. It’s also difficult to report because it can never be proven. But staring, like street harassment, is also a form of sexual harassment.
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This is a compilation of 5 anonymous girl students’ experiences at St Anthony’s School and the varied forms of bigotry that they were subject to.
To people out there who ask survivors to get over it: bodily memories are for real. Let us please respect the journey of a rape survivor towards healing.
They put us in straight lines and labelled boxes and rapped us in the head when we tried to peer out, hoping that we would get habituated to the darkness of control.