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In this section, find powerful first-person survivor stories and personal narratives of rape, abuse, harassment, assault and other forms of sexual violence by Feminism in India.

A Feminist In An Abusive Relationship

A Feminist In An Abusive Relationship

It is important to listen to that little voice in your head that keeps giving you warning signals to get out of a emotionally abusive relationship.
Overcoming Self Blame Is Not Easy: A Rape Survivor's Account

Overcoming Self Blame Is Not Easy: A Rape Survivor’s Account

Self blame is a major obstacle when recovering from sexual abuse. Overcoming self blame is difficult and takes a lot of strength. The transition from victim to survivor is possible only if self blame can be overcome.
Changing My Narrative – From Victim To Survivor

Changing My Narrative – From Victim To Survivor

I changed my narrative from victim to survivor. I refused to accept that I was deformed because of my past, inclusive of my sexual abuse.
Gaslighting: A Personal Account Of Self Perception

Gaslighting: A Personal Account Of Self Perception

Gaslighting is a phenomena which effects us deeply, we often fail to realise how our self-perception grows from certain childhood incidents.
Poster protesting Sexual Abuse

Shaming Survivors Of Sexual Abuse Must Stop

Putting the blame of sexual abuse on its survivors is the product of a rape culture where morality is hinged on the actions of a woman.
It Took Me Years To Learn Oral Sex Isn't Terrible, Oral Rape Is

It Took Me Years To Learn Oral Sex Isn’t Terrible, Oral Rape Is

Took me years to peel off your words from my skin. Took me years to rub the roses off my eyes and see the red flags as they were. Took me years to learn oral sex isn't terrible, rape is. And that is what it was.
Rape Is Not An Unfathomable Gray - A Survivor Story

Rape Is Not An Unfathomable Gray

What happens when the person that you trust & care for, rapes you? Rape, consent – neither can be a grey. They are, nonetheless, made to be.
Gif: Staring Is Sexual Harassment

Gif: Staring Is Sexual Harassment

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.
Campus protest against sexual harassment

A Diary Entry Of A Survivor Of Sexual Harassment

I lived through being known as the “sexual harassment victim”. I wonder if my harasser got this much recognition. But, who cares? He got away.
Holi

Bura Mano Holi Hain! The Blurring Of Consent On Holi

Holi has become a premier festival for socially sanctioned sexual harassment. It gives a free pass in the name of celebration to harass.

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Sikh names are empowering in nature, they go beyond gender, caste and patriarchy. However, their limitations and current practice restricts them.

Sikh Names: Beyond Gender, Caste And Patriarchy

Sikh names are empowering – they go beyond gender, caste and patriarchy. However, their limitations and current practice restrict them.
‘Make Men Wear Veils and They will Understand our Difficulties’

‘Make Men Wear Veils And They Will Understand Our Difficulties’

In rural Uttar Pradesh, one woman challenges men to cover their faces with veils and then successfully execute their work.
Prithviraj

On Prithviraj’s Statement And The Long History Of Misogyny in Malayalam Cinema

Actor Prithviraj's statement is a small step in rectifying the decades of misogyny perpetuated in Malayalam cinema.