How Revealing!

Th​is a safe space to share your experiences of sexual assault, gender-based violence, sexism and bystander intervention. You can post anonymously, be of any gender identity and need not be someone who has directly experienced it.

How revealing is meant to help as a space to legitimize the complex emotions and reactions that accompany these experiences – whether you are at the receiving end or you are someone who sees it happening around you.

I was 7. I was home. I was supposed to be safe.

I was 7 and at my favourite aunt's place. She has two sons. One of them changed 'home' for me from a 'safe place' to an unknown feeling of emptiness.   Yes, I was 7. I was wearing kids clothing. I wasn't out in the dark, I wasn't with ...
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Female
Home

First Date

It was my first date. He force-fed me vodka and he tried to rape me in the front seat of his car. I fought back so hard and was able to get out of the car while it was still moving. My parents called his parents and threatened physical violence ...
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Female

Stories of abuse get buried deep. Sometimes it takes years to bring them out.

Stories of abuse get buried deep. Sometimes it takes years to bring them out. Of the many experiences of abuse I had when I was a child, I only told my parents of one. That too after much thought. I was only nine or ten and did not want to ...
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Yasmine ...
Female
Home

All of this happened in our family homes.

We had a male cousin living with us. He is easily over a decade older than us. At the time of this incident, I must've been 5 or 6 and my sister maybe 7 or 8. I don't remember much accept that when we wanted to play, the games would eventually end ...
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Female
Dubai

So no, I don't feel safe.

So when I went to journalism school, I lived at home, and I always envied hostelites for the bonds they'd make which I could never be a part of. I wanted to be a part of something like that but I never had that experience. So I attended one ...
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Jayashre...
Female
Chennai

It was like hell

Hello everyone I am from Mysore city.  At the age of 17, I was studying for my PUC and was having a lot of friends including boys. I am an only child. On Feb 1, 2012 I was walking to college when my friend (who is a girl) called me and said ...
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Female
Mysore,...

The baby was yelling and crying frantically

This was about 7 years ago. My cousins and I went to a local park with our kids that evening. On our way out, my cousin noticed a man carrying a baby girl in his arms to a side of the park where no one usually goes. The baby was yelling ...
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Sampreet...
Female

Don't be shy.

The Women In The Bus Were Commenting On The Dress Two Girls Were Wearing & I Had To Intervene “Once while I was travelling in a bus, there were these two girls who were coming back from, what looked like, sports practice. They were wearing shorts and loose t-shirts. ...
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Athira
Female
Cochin

Bystanders and moral policing

This experience is perhaps, quite frivolous but it demonstrates in how many small ways bystanders can intervene. I am an advocate and was appearing in a case at a forum that does not require an advocate to be in uniform (black and white with gown). So, I wore a green ...
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Female
Thrissur

He saw me speaking to the shop staff and made a dash for it.

I was at a mall in Bangalore on a Saturday night. There was a big sale going on in one of the stores. There was a really long line at the ladies changing rooms and a lot of women milling around the area. My sister, too was in line to ...
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Female
Bangalore