WHO study finds one in three women worldwide have experienced at least one instance of sexual violence
The study found such violence disproportionately affects women in low- and lower-middle-income countries, with some countries showing a prevalence of about half of all women.
The archaic, patriarchal mores at the heart of suggestions that women can marry their rapists as 'compromise'
These attitudes have the support of not only society and families, but also the courts themselves.
Pornhub content purge crucial move, but to root out non-consensual porn, society must question 'normalised' rape culture
The rape culture purports it as the responsibility of trafficked women or victims of revenge porn to ensure that their non-consensual videos do not end up online while placing no onus on the platform to disallow such content or to take swift and strict action on non-consensual porn
We can’t change today’s parents much. We can only mould tomorrow’s parents by paying attention to what they are being taught today
In #MeToo era, 'solidarity' requires taking better care of the stories and survivors of sexual violence
We have been hearing accounts of sexual violence in an unprecedented manner online for almost half a decade now. But even after several waves of #MeToo, we are still struggling to get the concept of solidarity right.
In 'Why Men Rape', writer Tara Kaushal conducts a rigorous investigation into sexual violence in India
Why Men Rape — An Indian Undercover Investigation, a new book authored by Tara Kaushal, deconstructs the very complex subject of rape, chipping away at the falsehoods patriarchy has perpetrated
With Bulbbul, Pataal Lok, the idea is to tell stories true to their respective worlds, says producer Karnesh Ssharma
Karnessh Sharma, who owns Clean Slate Filmz with actress-sister Anushka Sharma, discusses the switch to streaming services with Pataal Lok and Bulbbul.
What 'bois locker room' case underscores about misogyny: The real problem isn’t on Instagram, it’s in our homes
The execution of the men responsible for torturing and raping Jyoti Singh on a Delhi bus in 2012 has deterred nothing. That’s because the problem isn’t on Instagram or some ill-lit street. It is in our homes, where we’re rearing our sons, the rapists.
Asha Devi, families of other survivors and victims of rape are banishing the silence around sexual violence
As Rebecca Solnit writes, “Women are instructed by the way victims are treated and by the widespread tolerance of the epidemic of violence that their value is low, that speaking up may result in more punishment, that silence may be a better survival strategy."
From 'not all men' to 'men are victims too', things not to say when women talk about sexual harassment
When confronted with the reality of sexual harassment, if men continue to respond in such a way, it acts to invalidate and silence women and their everyday realities. It doesn’t take much to listen, but it can make all the difference to how a story is told.
Kuldeep Singh Sengar convicted of rape: Survivor suffers trial by fire as powerful perpetrators expose loopholes in criminal justice system
The failure of the criminal justice system does not lie majorly in preventing the crime, but in failing to ensure fair investigating and protecting the interests of the victim.
Courtroom fashion: What the clothes we wear in court say about us as accusers, the accused or witnesses
Even if you’re not the one on the stand being judged, you have to prove yourself ‘innocent’ to be heard in court. If you dress like a ‘good girl’ — submissive, feminine, asexual, obedient — your chances of this are higher. Dress like a ‘slut’ and you’re guilty already — of dressing like a slut, if nothing else. Women participate in this charade, intuitively knowing these extra-legal parameters against which they will be judged in courtrooms.
Sex ed includes reproductive health, STDs, contraceptives, consent & gender equality – all of which are key to addressing sexual violence.
Pollachi sexual assault case shows how social media makes survivors vulnerable, can be misused by predators
The circulation of the videos made by those accused in the Pollachi sexual assault case have made both the perpetrators and survivors identifiable.
Since the ban only targets specific keywords, it’s not entirely effective, but it's a good start.
When the mental illness at the heart of our society is diagnosed, perhaps a solution to violence can finally be found – and this is why the trauma of perpetrators warrants attention too
#NousToutes: Thousands across France protest against sexual violence; Emmanuel Macron offers support on Twitter
Tens of thousands of people rallied across Europe on Saturday against sexist violence, with more than 30,000 turning out in Paris. Demonstrations across France drew around 50,000 people in all, according to organiser Caroline de Haas.
India urges United Nations to impose sanctions on militant organisations carrying out sexual violence
Large scale movements of refugees emanating from armed conflicts increase vulnerability of women to discrimination and exploitation, Paulomi Tripathi said.
#MeToo never set out to be balanced; movement aimed at making us confront biases on sexual violence and consent
#MeToo cannot be balanced because it is finally voicing centuries of sexual violence against people who have been silenced and essentially stripped of their humanity.