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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.

My #MeToo Story: Experiencing Abuse From Within The Queer Community

My #MeToo Story: Experiencing Abuse From Within The Queer Community

I had concerns about my privacy and my abuser's as we were both queer woman which meant that naming either of us would 'out’ us.
Overcoming Emotional Abuse At The Hands Of My Girlfriend: A Trans Man's Account

Overcoming Intimate Partner Violence At The Hands Of My Girlfriend: A Trans Man’s Account

We trans people are prone to intimate partner violence in our relationships as we are vulnerable due to lack of support, acceptance, and love.
As A Non-Binary Trans Person, I Was Told I Didn't Qualify To Be A Rape Survivor

As A Non-Binary Trans Person, I Was Told I Didn’t Qualify To Be A...

After coming out as a non-binary trans person, I was ostracised by my friends who helped spread homophobic rumours instead of supporting me when I was raped.
A Letter To My Brother: My First Friend, My First Abuser

A Letter To My Brother: My First Friend, My First Abuser

By day, you were my biggest enemy and by night, something even worse. You told me to touch you in weird places.
The Trauma Of Growing Up Amidst Domestic Abuse

The Trauma Of Growing Up Amidst Domestic Abuse

Where I was growing up, domestic abuse are normalised to such an extent that nobody even seems to consider it a problem anymore.
Experiencing Street Sexual Harassment Whilst Mapping Museums In Lucknow

Experiencing Street Sexual Harassment Whilst Mapping Museums In Lucknow

Street sexual harassment in forms of groping and stalking and the lack of corrective public policies hinder women's right to public space.
As a survivor of child sexual abuse, I was told that 'I shouldn't have opened the door.' But the fact is, I did open the door.

Being A Survivor Of Child Sexual Abuse Cannot And Should Not Define Me

As a survivor of child sexual abuse, I was told that 'I shouldn't have opened the door.' But the fact is, I did open the door. Indian children are pressurized too much into being a good person; they are told to behave in a certain way, to act a certain way, and to basically present a whole package of perfection in front of the world. What the naive child's mind doesn't know, is that being wronged is not equivalent to being wrong.
Aijaz Sheikh

“Faith Healer” Aijaz Sheikh Has Sexually Abused Thousands Of Children

While pretending to be a faith healer, Aijaz Sheikh has subjected thousands of children in North Kashmir to sexual abuse.
ACEs

Effects Of Childhood Trauma: When Will We Become Aware Of ACEs?

ACEs are seemingly unending series of negative situations in a child’s life with no resolution in sight, triggered by various incidents and environments.
My Experience Of Child Sexual Abuse Would've Been So Different With More Awareness

My Experience Of Child Sexual Abuse Would’ve Been So Different With More Awareness

Since there is no one problem that leads to child sexual abuse, there is also no singular solution to it. It is a collective struggle that everyone from family, school, law-makers, and social workers must partake in.

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“Not Same-sex Sexuality But Modern Homophobia Is The Western Import”: Ruth Vanita

“Not Same-sex Sexuality But Modern Homophobia Is The Western Import”: Ruth Vanita

Ruth Vanita's books broke fresh ground in gender studies by showing that India has a long tradition of same-sex desire.
internalized misogyny

A 101 Introduction To Internalized Misogyny

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must have heard the phrase ‘I am not like other girls’ or 'I am not like most girls' somewhere.
How Sexism & Misogyny In Indian Comedy Encourages Gender-based Violence

How Sexism & Misogyny In Indian Comedy Encourages Gender-based Violence

Does Indian comedy has to be sexist and misogynist in order to be funny?