A slightly modified version of this piece was originally published on The Hindu thREAD.
“How were you dressed?” the victim is questioned. “Were you under the influence of alcohol? Why were you out with a bunch of guys so late at night?”
The thing is, it shouldn’t matter what she was wearing or drinking. Because oftentimes, it doesn’t.
Every single time a woman undergoes sexual assault and is blamed for provoking it, every time we misuse the assault to justify restraining and curbing women’s independence, what we are doing is choosing to dismiss the incredibly pervasive nature of the crime.
In reality, sexual assault occurs regardless of age, nationality, religion or clothing. And it is never the victim’s fault.
…when I was sexually assaulted.
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