“Don’t go out after eight”, “Come back home before ten”, “Wear something that covers you more”. We humans are literally down so bad that parents literally have to say all this to their daughters to ‘protect’ them from strangers.

The Indian Scene: people see a couple kissing in public: An angry mob forms instantaneously and turns up with sticks, stones and knives to enforce ‘Indian Values’, cops are called, whole situation becomes a big mess; but see a woman getting assaulted: Everyone walks by as if nothing’s happened, no instantaneous mobs to enforce ‘Indian Values’, no sticks and stones to counter the assaulter, waived away as an ‘internal matter’, the girl is now seen as a disgrace to the family.

College campuses can give you a sense of security — a feeling that everyone knows each other and watches out for one another but there might be perpetrators who could take advantage of this feeling of safety and security to commit acts of sexual violence.

We can all take steps to increase safety on college campuses. As bystanders, students can learn ways of stepping in to prevent crimes like sexual assault from occurring. When it comes to personal safety, there are steps you can take as well. No tips can absolutely guarantee safety — sexual violence can happen to anyone, and it’s not the only crime that can occur on a college campus. It’s important to remember that if you are sexually assaulted on campus, it is not your fault.

All these crimes can be reduced and they will be. The mindset of people is changing. The world has become more accepting. More organizations and concerned authorities should take up the challenge of spreading awareness about sexual assault.

~Vaibhav Prakash (19BCE1231)

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