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So how do we define sexual assault?

“Everyone’s out to make it look like there’s something inherently wrong with [rapists]. But they are a part of our own society. They are not aliens who’ve been brought in from another world.”

What is rape culture?

Victim blaming is all too common, but isn’t always obvious.

“Rape is Consensual”: Inside Haryana’s Rape Culture (Source: The Quint)

Everything can be blamed for rape. Except the rapists themselves.

This normalisation of rape into a “culture” means using women’s bodies as battlegrounds to establish male dominance.

The supposedly intimate nature of sex (and sexual assault) means these cases go undocumented, conveniently sanitised from our history books, glossed over - and womens’ lifelong trauma is reduced to statistics people can shrug over and say “well, what can you do?”

This objectification of women isn’t a recent development.

Echoes of the brutal 2012 Delhi gang-rape case.

A Generation Z kid studying sociology and searching for the Fortress of Solitude.