How many times have you been stared at in a vulgar way by some man on the road? How many times has someone found a way or a reason to touch you inappropriately and then found some excuse like it’s the crowd or you came in my way or something?
Sexual harassment occurs when unwanted sexual touching, comments, and/or gestures are so bad or occur so often that it interferes with your schoolwork, makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe at school, or prevents you from participating in or benefiting from a school program or activity.
1 in 5 women (20%) will be sexually assaulted while at college while only 4% of college men will be sexually assaulted. It is said that someone is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes. 4 out of 5 rape victims subsequently suffer from chronic physical or psychological conditions. Over a third of women who are raped as minors are also raped as adults. Rape survivors are 13 times more likely to attempt suicide than are people who have not been victims of a crime.
The sexual harassment cases in our country are rising day by day. Every newspaper has at least one sexual assault case daily. It’s either “NEIGHBOUR RAPES 3 YEAR OLD” or “CHILD RAPED BY SCHOOL TEACHERS FOR 2 YEARS” or “HUSBAND FORCES WIFE TO SLEEP WITH HIS FRIENDS” or “GIRL ABDUCTED AND GANG RAPED BY 5”.
Almost 70% of the victims never raise their voice against the assault. About 75-80% of the time people try to ignore the behavior thinking it will stop. I myself have faced sexual harassment when I was a teenager.
Most of the times the victims are afraid to raise their voice against the assault with the fear that the criminal may commit the same crime again or harm or even kill the victim. The victims feel helpless, powerless, depressed. I am telling this out of my own experience.
The most important thing you should do is SPEAK UP. RAISE YOUR VOICE. KNOW YOUR RIGHT.
I know it is not easy but it is the only way you can get justice. You won’t receive justice if you hide the crime you faced. You should speak up because:-
- When you speak up, the crime and the criminal is brought to light and the police will arrest him. Harassment is NEVER the victim’s fault and the victim is not to blame. You have a right to live free of sexual harassment. So when you are sexually harassed you should never feel guilty or blame your own self about it.
- You will be able to save someone else from suffering the same crime. The criminal would commit the same crime again and again if he knows nobody is going to raise their voice. But raising your voice, you can protect someone from the criminal’s evil mind.
- You set an example to 1000’s of other victims who stay mum about the crime. With your effort, you encourage many other victims to raise their voice and file a complaint. This way many more criminals will be punished.