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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.

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My Brother Had No Right To Do What He Did – A Survivor Story

"I labeled my conflicted, unresolved relationship with my brother by calling us “best friends” but I hated boys." A survivor story on child sexual abuse.
Let's Talk About Sibling Abuse

Let’s Talk About Sibling Abuse

Sibling abuse is an elephant in the room in many families, and in the larger society as well, where it is more often than not shrugged off as ‘Sibling Rivalry’.
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.

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Padmavati

Padmavati: Attempts to Control A (Fake) Historical Woman

Padmavati must carry the insecurities of patriarchal and casteist fringe outfits and call it her 'honour'.

Rukhmabai: From Child Bride To India’s First Practising Female Doctor

Rukhmabai was the first practicing female doctor in colonial India. She is also renowned for contributing to the Age of Consent Act, 1891.
Aishwarya Rai

Why Doesn’t Aishwarya Rai Get Enough Credit For Being A Domestic Violence Survivor?

We fail to give Aishwarya Rai her rightful credit as one of the first women from Bollywood to identify and oppose violence.