#MeToo: Sexual Assault is Real and No One Deserves It

Sexual assault and abuse are everywhere. From Hollywood casting couches to schools to our streets. The #MeToo movement shows the magnitude of this problem. As I scroll through my timeline, it seems like I should be asking “who hasn’t” rather than “me too” and that disgusts me.

‘When Did I Become Your Punching Bag?’: The Unspoken Truth of Domestic Violence

I don’t really remember where it all started. Maybe it was when we were arguing that one cold November night. My memory plays games; at times I can feel the winds, hear the hollowness of the winter that resembles but other times, it’s as if someone put snow over my memory like a blanket. That night you got so upset you slammed your own fist down on our dining table.

Eradicating Violence Against Women and Victim-Blaming in Kerala

Ever since I was a child, I frequently traveled to Kerala, a state in India known as God’s own country. Kerala is one of the most educated states in India with a literacy rate of 94%. Besides education, Kerala is known for its natural beauty, tranquility, and strong, diverse cultural traditions. Unlike my other trips to Kerala, this trip was an eye-opener as I became aware of a different, grimmer image of the status of women.

5 Ways Desi Girls Can Heal From Sexual Assault

You may be dependent on your perpetrator. You may be told that you’re unmarriageable. You may worry about other people judging you. You may worry about looking weak. Or, you may be a very private brown girl who doesn’t know how to put her experiences into words (and that’s okay). With all of that in mind, it’s no wonder why some brown girls keep their abuse a secret.

Dear Sexual Assault Survivors: You Are Not Alone, We Will Stand By You

As women, from birth we are often told to be the epitome of beauty, virginity, purity, and ladylike behavior. We have to keep our virtue, otherwise it will bring shame to the family. People will assume that you were in the wrong for wearing certain clothes, for talking to the opposite sex, for being out past dusk, when the opposite is true for men.

Does An Oscar Win for Casey Affleck Mean Sexual Harassment & Violence Is Normalized In Society?

by Anjali Bhakta – Follow @anjaliib  “I shall not change my course because…

An Open Letter to The Men Who Have Assaulted Women

The burden of womanhood is not one I should bear with such heavy heart, it is one that I should carry with joy and pride but yet you make me regret it?

#BrownGirlsTalkSex: I Can’t Forgive or Forget, But I Still Have My Pride

by Anonymous – Follow @BrownGirlMag Three years ago, if you asked me what…

Global Sisterhood: How the US Women’s Marches and India’s #IWillGoOut Movement Made Similar Statements

We both have struggles, which will only get better if we support one another. Women face the same issues, regardless of their country of residence. Our global sisterhood is vital and we need to protect it by encouraging and aiding our sister movements.

“Every Girl’s Story:” A Tale of One Woman’s Past

I wanted to asphyxiate it, so I concealed it in a distant nook in my cerebrum where oxygen could never reach. But it did not die, not that day, not in tens of years. It still unabashedly appears in front of my eyes, startlingly explicit and vivid in its detail.

Sex, Gays and Suicide: Why Taboo Topics Are the Downfall of South Asians

Twenty-three-year-old Samiha Khan jumped in front of an incoming train, committing suicide. Friends of Khan attested that she suffered from anxiety and depression.

‘Not All Trump Supporters Voted for Racist Reasons’ but Here’s What They Did Do

“Not all Trump supporters are racist” is both a lazy attempt to avoid accountability as well as a dismissal of the justified fear and anger of vulnerable minorities.

Restoring Hope to Sexual Abuse Victims with Project SHHH

For the first time, women’s rights and sexual abuse are trending topics with mainstream media due to a rise in reported cases.

What Does a Sexual Assault Survivor Look Like to you?

“I am a survivor of child sexual abuse,” I say. Then, to ease the discomfort of sharing something so intimate, I quickly follow up with, “I’m healing from it: I am going to therapy, and I’ve done a lot of work on my own.”

An Unsuitable Boy: A Short Story About A Fiance’s Betrayal

Deepika had brought misery to her mother ever since she had been born 21 years ago. Her mother had wanted to get her eldest daughter off her hands from the age of 16.

Reclaim the Bindi: What it Means for Victims of Widow Abuse and Sexual Assault

The rise of the #reclaimthebindi movement has caused a lot of division in the South Asian American activist community. Some say that white girls wearing bindis to Coachella is oppressive to them. Others say it’s fine, desis always embraced cultural sharing, and ask why young desi activists are creating “bindi politics.”

‘Clean’: Prose About a Girl’s Need to Feel Cleansed by the Rain

The splish-splooshing of puddles. Slashes of green against grey. Umbrellas nudging each other (a tad rudely), jostling for space.

Why You Need to Speak up About Your Sexual Abuse

One of the most terrifying, and liberating moments of my life was when I decided to share my story of being a sexual assault survivor on the biggest media platform in the world – the internet.

Because Good Indian Girls Don’t Get Sexually Assaulted

It took me over a year, almost dropping out of college, and countless nights crying in my freshman dorm room to finally come to terms with the fact that I had been sexually assaulted.

Bill Cosby’s ‘Sex Scandal’ Proves Media’s Negligence Towards Rape Victims

We have, once again, been misguided by our society’s tendency to downplay sexual assault and rape, especially if the perpetrator is a well-known celebrity like Bill Cosby.