Sexual Abuse, Harassment: Speak up or remain silent?

Sana Miriam Joseph

I was scrolling through Facebook just recently, and I saw a number of posts that had the tag "Me Too" in bold. Not knowing what it meant, I googled it, and I was surprised to know that it meant these people are the victims of sexual abuse and harassment. Though this movement had led people to talk about the nightmares they had experienced, the evil of sexual abuse hasn’t come to a standstill in our society yet. I felt repulsed as I read stories of people who were abused by strangers, friends and some even by their own family members. My father, mother, sister and I are all victims of this peccancy.

This makes me speculate if there is even a shred of humanity left in this world? Our society would prefer that the victims remain silent and not talk about it. Why is this topic considered as taboo?

Shouldn't we, as a society be ashamed of ourselves for not doing anything to protect each other?

As a daughter, sister, aunt and a friend, I worry that the ones I love will be affected by this evil. I worry that the world will continue to spiral down, and we will continue to be mere onlookers who do nothing to change it.

Now that we are aware of what men and women go through, I think it is about time. It’s our responsibility to protect each other. Friend or foe; family or not, I think we need to be a support system. We need to become a listener, a protector, and the one that respects.

We need to become bold, strong and courageous, and be the change we wish to see. We need to make conscious efforts to teach each child, the rights and wrongs in order to make the future generation better than the older one. For it is up to us to heal the world and make it a better place.

I want to start the change that I wish to see. I am dauntless (empowered). Are you?

 My Blog

Examination Time Table for II & IV Semester UG Programme Bangalore University [VIEW HERE] | Notification of Examination Fee for VI Semester (Repeaters) UG Programme from Bangalore University [VIEW HERE] | For First Year UG Programmes: Kindly be informed that the classes for First Year Undergraduate Programmes for the academic year 2021 - 22 will be commencing tentatively from 15th September 2021 either in online / offline mode. If it is offline, it will be intimated to you 12 days before the commencement of the classes.| For First Year PG Programmes: The New Academic year 2021-22 for all PG programs will be commencing soon. The date of commencement and mode of classes (Online/Offline) will be informed soon. If it is offline, it will be intimated to you 12 days before the commencement of the classes. | Download the ( Kristu Jayanti + ) App for easy access and to keep yourselves updated with the latest news & activities on the campus. Download from Google Play store (android devices) and app store (Apple devices).|
© 2021 Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous) K. Narayanapura, Kothanur (PO) Bengaluru 560077, Karnataka.