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.
By day, you were my biggest enemy and by night, something even worse. You told me to touch you in weird places.
Where I was growing up, domestic abuse are normalised to such an extent that nobody even seems to consider it a problem anymore.
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. 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.
While pretending to be a faith healer, Aijaz Sheikh has subjected thousands of children in North Kashmir to sexual abuse.
ACEs are seemingly unending series of negative situations in a child’s life with no resolution in sight, triggered by various incidents and environments.
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.
It pains me that women choose to be in abusive relationships thinking that they are the ones at fault, putting up with domestic abuse and marital rape.
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.