Survivor Stories

Survivor Stories

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.

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.
Stalking: Know It Name It Stop It

A Chronicle Of An Imprisonment Foretold: Stalking And Harassment In IIT Madras

You know the trope of the helpless victim of stalking and harassment? I didn’t fit the bill. At every point, I knew what was happening.
Child Sexual Abuse

The Taboo Of Child Sexual Abuse In India

It is difficult to come out as a survivor of sexual abuse in a society where blaming the victim is the norm. In this light, child sexual abuse is an issue which is usually not paid much attention to.
cyber rape

I Said Yes But I Was Raped: Cyber Rape And Consent

I’m not here to give a solution to that problem. But I’ve been waiting for a long time, scared of telling anyone what I went through, for the fear of being judged, for the fear of my trauma being invalidated. For the fear of me again being denied my voice, like that night when I felt compelled to say “yes” because I couldn’t say “no.” I’m here to reclaim my voice as a survivor of cyber-rape.
Survivor Story

As a Survivor of Sexual Assault: A Survivor Story

Sometimes it feels like someone else is wearing my body.
Public Spaces

Women in Public Spaces: Do Public Spaces Only Belong To Men?

Let's recognise the disparity between men and women's experiences of public spaces and work on dismantling that. A woman has the right to occupy public spaces without fearing for her safety, no matter the time of the day or her choice of clothing. Eleven-year-old dreamers have the right to dawdle on their way to school, watching for cracks in the pavements without a care in the world.

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क्वीयर होना अपने आप में एक खूबसूरती है, क्योंकि आप समाज में स्थापित सिसजेंडर हैट्रोपैट्रिआरकी को ठेंगा दिखाकर अपने मूल जैविकी व लैंगिकता के साथ जीना शुरू कर देते है।
The Phenomenon That Is Maya Sarabhai

The Phenomenon That Is Maya Sarabhai

Maya Sarabhai, keeps ridiculing the middle class and it's habits, yet her insults still keep us laughing to the core, ever wondered why?
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Want to have a sustainable period, but are worried about your hectic schedule? Here's how you can bleed sustainably, no matter where you are.