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The silence that speaks

People often cast aspersions on the survivors of sexual violence for their silence. But experts emphasise that taking time to speak about the trauma is perfectly normal, finds

When a lawyer in her early 20s blogged about having been sexually harassed during an internship by a retired Supreme Court judge on her college webpage, she could not have foreseen the furore it would create. But in a country, awakened by the heinous gangrape and death of a young student in Delhi in December 2012, the post went viral and prompted the country's apex court to take suo motu action, even though no formal complaint had been filed. At the other end of the spectrum were those who sought to discredit the allegation, with one common question being what had taken so long for her ...