Sunday 20 December 2015

It is The Time to Stand Up

Women who have gone through the ordeal of sexual abuse either in the form of sexual molestation, harassment or any physical and mental torture need no longer hide their faces for society. The fear that they will be marked as an outcast stops them. So they live in their trauma feeling all alone and helpless. They have nightmares of the indignity they have faced. Every single day of theirs is a living torture full of fear and shame. They have not only fear of disgrace or being looked upon as derogatory. It is the usual scenario that the victim of sexual abuse and harassment in any form does not come forward fearing the reprisals from the been robbed of their dignity but their smiles too fear to come near them.They feel like a hunted animal crouching in a corner with every sound making them shudder with fear. They feel lonely and bereft with no one they could confide in.
When a woman comes to such a state then it is the biggest blot on the society we live in.
This could happen to any woman that very same woman who is the pivot on which the entire household rotates. She graduates from being a daughter to a wife and then a mother. She is the all in all of a home from being a caretaker to a solace giver and the one who protects her children.
Then why is she subjected to sexual abuse by strangers and more often by people well known to her and close to her. When she is robbed by those close to her to whom can she relate her woe and ask for a helping hand.
Woman has been put on a pedestal when a sacrifice is needed but when it comes to her being the complainant then there is no respite for her.
The primary reason for this is that a woman is always told repeatedly about her obligations and duties but never her rights.
It is now the ripe time to educate her about her rights and how she can exercise them.
It will be like lighting up her way in a dark tunnel. She also needs to see the sunlight especially when the light of the sun has been blocked for her.
Now Amnesty International has launched the #KnowYourRights campaign, which is a people’s rights educational program aimed at informing people of their basic rights via free educational modules on digital and physical media because knowing one’s rights gives one the confidence to take action.

The women who have been the victims of sexual violence are now armed with the knowledge of their rights and knowing that they are no longer alone but have the support of many behind them they should not fear disclosing what has befallen them.
They should not hesitate in bringing the guilty into the limelight. This one brave act of hers will not only bring the guilty to justice but give others the courage to come forward and relate their harrowing experience.
Justice delayed is justice denied. So it is important that the act of sexual violence should be immediately reported so that the guilty is reprimanded and punished for his deed. Maintaining a silence will not help either the victim or other women who are equally at a risk of sexual abuse.Such reporting would give other women courage to speak up.
Timely reporting and subsequent medical examination can pin down the accused. This will stop such persons from abusing the same women again who becomes a soft target or even other women desolate lives.
The  paramount effect would be to save other women from suffering the same fate. She would become the torch bearer lighting up the path of many.

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