Are You Ready for the Cops? Are the Cops Ready for You?
Women tell us their stories of how they reported sexual violence to the police.
If you’d been sexually assaulted, stalked or harassed, would you report it? Would you tell your friends, your family? Would you confront your attacker or stalker? Would you go to the police? And if you did choose to go to the police, what would the process of reporting involve?
Is it only a matter of paperwork? Will the police be on your side? Will it all be over soon so you can go back to your life and make, at the very least, an attempt to go on as if things were back to normal? What are women’s motivations for reporting violence, or for not reporting violence? What should they be prepared for, if they choose to report?
Amnesty International India recently launched its Ready to Report campaign, an initiative to make sure that women who choose to report violence can do so safely, with dignity and without facing prejudice. Amnesty approached The Ladies Finger to partner with the campaign to gather and understand, with as much detail as possible, the process of reporting sexual violence in India today. The Ladies Finger & Amnesty want to gather both the larger view as well as the tiny, itty-bitty details that may seem unimportant but make all the difference to the women doing the reporting, or contemplating it.
In the coming weeks, The Ladies Finger will gather and publish people’s experiences of reporting sexual violence. Do you have a story of reporting assault or harassment that you’d like to share with us? Do you have a story of wanting to report, but not having been able to yet? Or not wanting to report at all? We’re all ears.
Write to us at [email protected] and tell us how much ever you’d like to share. We’re happy to correspond electronically or chat on the phone with you. Or you can approach Amnesty by filling in their handy FIR questionnaire or, if you prefer to be interviewed in person, you can contact Gopika Bashi, Women’s Rights Researcher & Campaigner at [email protected]
Here are several women who have generously shared their stories with us.