Drama and Solution!

by Vanessa Ex on November 2, 2013 - 11:54pm

An important social issue is approached in the Article of BBC News about women security. In India, rapes were current and brought huge protest during recent months. Surya Velamuri, Else Disilva, Saloni Malhotra and Aditya are four professionals who created the website providing a "crowd-sourced" map of sexual harassment, demonstrating safe and unsafe across Indian cities. This website is an interactive map allowing participation of women in the entire world of the most unsafe places across Indian cities. Since the existence of this website, it received approximately 1000 reports of sexual abuse. The majority of them come from the capital, Delhi. Sexual assault of women happens every three minutes according to the government's National Crime Records Bureau estimates that a woman is raped every 20 minutes. This study was based only on the ones which been reported to the police officer. The ultimate goal of this project is to inform the women as well as the police of the degree of danger in certain places to provide a better security. Women living sexual harassments are welcome to share where it happened in an anonymous way. Thus, Indian women feel more comfortable to participate to this project. Unfortunately, only 130 million Indian can have access to internet on a total of 1.2 billion of people.

Personally, I think this article is interesting because it shows an initiative demonstrating the mobilization of person having the will to change the world. Often, we heard bad news and no solutions. But in this case it is different; a solution is proposed. It encourages us to do something in their own community and discourage indifference toward social issues surrounding us.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24619988

Comments

I really liked this post and I think that it would be a great solution but the thing is how long has it been working and how would people get ahold of this new technology. I do think that it’s pretty cool that it is interactive but I just hope that some people will not take advantage of it and just play around with it.

I feel like you chose a very good article to right about. It was very informative and it informed me on how serious and frequent rape happens in India. It is mind blowing to me that every 20 minutes a rape occurs. I could not imagine it happening so frequently here in the United States. Rape is something that occurs all around the world and in some areas more than others. In my community it is not something that is known to be a big issue but it is a topic/ situation that people tend to keep a secret so not many people would know if it happened often. Rape is something that isn’t easy to talk about to others. Even the people that are closest to you. I personally know someone that was raped, and it really is a life changing event. You learn to live with it but never accept it. This a serious problem that India needs to get a handle on. I find it odd that most of the rapes occur in the capital because I would’ve thought it would be the most policed area so the crime rate wouldn’t be as high. It's unfortunate that a lot of the women don't have access to internet. Hopefully that number increases and the women that do have access to the internet are spreading the word to the ones that don't.

This is a very interesting article. Its awful to think that a woman is raped every 20 minutes. I think it is great that this solution is proposed. However this isn’t the only solution taking place, there are projects taking place all over the world lending out help to victims of rape. In my town there is a rape center open to anyone that needs to seek help. I feel that communities all over have developed to put out resources to help these victims. There are also many college universities that have a rape center located right on campus. At Brockport specifically there are many seminars to attend that provide information on rape.
In health classes and online articles they always seem to mention that women are not always the victims, in some cases men are the victims. I think it would be an interesting to research what percentage exactly of reported rapes are men.

I agree with your thoughts on this project! It is nice to see people actively working to make a difference in an unfortunate situation as opposed to just reporting the bad news. In many communities in the US, local law enforcement agencies are able to inform and warn residents about particular sexual predators living in their area. This is similar to the concept of the project you explained, allowing women to anonymously report their experiences so that the general public is able to benefit from the warnings and awareness. The statistics that you found about how common incidences of sexual harassment and abuse are are truly shocking. Initiatives like the one you discussed are very important to continue in order to combat this terrible situation.

I think this article is very informing. It is so sad to think that women are being raped roughly every 20 minutes! A women should never be held against her will and over powered by a man but it does happen, and it happens everywhere around the world. It is good to inform women that there are many things they can go to for help such as people, websites and programs to help them get through the pain of being raped or even the potential of it. I think it is extremely important to have seminars talking to people, even at young ages, to get across to them that there are people around the world that are willing to help them and give them advice. it is awful and shocking that people think it is okay to take advantage of someone and rape them and the pain that comes after it to the victim stays with them for the rest of their life. it can cause them to be scared of people, going out, meeting new people and can even cause them to be suicidal because they are so hurt. in communities I believe it should be a key thing to have multiple programs available for anyone who has or thinks they have suffered from sexual harassment.

I can't believe that sexual assault happens every 3 minutes, and rape every 20! The website is an amazing idea though and I'm happy that these women and girls will have access to them. Although it's very unfortunate that so few have access to internet. Something should really be done in order to increase this number, because more girls in India need to have access to this website. It's really a good solution because it allows the police and women looking at the website to be more careful in certain areas or to avoid them if they can. There a post just today (November 7, 2013) on SFGate about a Rape Club in New Zealand, it's a group of 5 guys that are getting girls really drunk and then having their way with them, and not only that but bragging about it on FaceBook, Twitter and YouTube. But none of the victims want to make formal statements so the police can't even arrest them for it. So I find the website that they have in New Delhi should be spread everywhere, so people know when they should stay away from a place

I can't believe that sexual assault happens every 3 minutes, and rape every 20! The website is an amazing idea though and I'm happy that these women and girls will have access to them. Although it's very unfortunate that so few have access to internet. Something should really be done in order to increase this number, because more girls in India need to have access to this website. It's really a good solution because it allows the police and women looking at the website to be more careful in certain areas or to avoid them if they can. There a post just today (November 7, 2013) on SFGate about a Rape Club in New Zealand, it's a group of 5 guys that are getting girls really drunk and then having their way with them, and not only that but bragging about it on FaceBook, Twitter and YouTube. But none of the victims want to make formal statements so the police can't even arrest them for it. So I find the website that they have in New Delhi should be spread everywhere, so people know when they should stay away from a place.
http://blog.sfgate.com/sfmoms/2013/11/07/new-zealand-boys-under-investig...

The examples in this post drew me into the argument. It’s amazing to think that a woman is raped every 20 minutes. I believe that this website could be a great solution but it cannot be the only solution. It is a great start but since not everyone has access to it, it is hard to document how many cases of sexual abuse there actually are. It is nice to see people actively working to make a difference in an unfortunate situation as opposed to just reporting the bad news.
Rape is never easy to deal with. I personally have family members that have been a part of this. They were very young and have grown up to deal with it in different ways. It will affect everyone differently but hat fact that there is even such a thing blows my mind.

Your choice of topic is very interesting and touching mostly because I am a woman and that I am close to someone that was a victim of a rape. I had no idea that every 20 minutes there is a rape in India. I was aware that there is a lot of the existence of rape but not at this point. This is unbelievable in my opinion. I hate to know that there is female abuse everywhere, but we do not do much about it. I agree with your idea that this solution is efficient to make the police know about those horrible experiences by keeping anonymity. Therefore, if more police would be present in those most dangerous areas, the better the security for women would be. I find this unbelievable and disgusting to know how there are many men who would be crazy enough to rape a woman against their will. A lot of people are aware of the number of rapes and how horrible it is but they are not aware enough of its impact on the victims, how they might be traumatized for the rest of their lives. I find that we should be more aware and react to this. Policemen should watch over this more carefully.

I really liked this post because of the statistics you used from the National Crime Records Bureau. When I read the information you incorporated in your post about how a woman is raped every 20 minutes in that part of the country, I felt extremely sorry for all of the women living with something like that. However, those four people started that website is an awesome initiative to help the women who may have been effected by living in those areas of high sexual assault! All of the indian women sharing their experiences and stories anonymously could help other victims that have been going through the same thing. That website is sort of like it's own counseling center. I feel as though knowing you are not the only person who has been sexually assaulted can really help because experiencing something as big as that can lead to extreme depression and suicidal thoughts. This was a very interesting post that I enjoyed reading! I think the police really should be more cautious and persistent in those areas where sexual harassment occurs most often.

I like what they have done to try and prevent this from happening. I feel bad for all the women that got raped by these men. It is truly a tragedy that so many women in the world have gotten raped by someone. Its scary to think it could happen to you at anytime.I think the police really should be more cautious and persistent in those areas where sexual harassment occurs most often. They need to up the security in those areas that it keeps happening.

This is a difficult topic to discuss as many people would prefer to “turn their heads” away from the horrifying statistics. Even here in America rape is not uncommon and for a young woman it can be a scary thought being independent when the assault and rape statistics are high. It is a good idea to allow for women to be able to anonymously respond to questions in India as I’m sure many women are simply too scared to risk being caught discussing things that might have happened to them. This anonymous poll will probably lead to more accurate results than just police reports as there are many instances that remain “quiet” with no police involvement. As for the method in which this poll is taken, it is unfortunate that the internet is not more widely available for these women to use. If there was an alternative way to participate in the poll, such as a drop off box in a public location or some way to provide a safe and confidential environment for women to fill out the survey, I believe that more women would participate. If more women participated, the results would give more accurate (and shocking) statistics about the levels and numbers of assaults and rapes taking place in India. I would be very interested in having the same type of project take place in the United States to compare the results with those from the women living in India. It would be surprising and humbling to see just how common sexual assault and rape truly are.

This is a difficult topic to discuss as many people would prefer to “turn their heads” away from the horrifying statistics. Even here in America rape is not uncommon and for a young woman it can be a scary thought being independent when the assault and rape statistics are high. It is a good idea to allow for women to be able to anonymously respond to questions in India as I’m sure many women are simply too scared to risk being caught discussing things that might have happened to them. This anonymous poll will probably lead to more accurate results than just police reports as there are many instances that remain “quiet” with no police involvement. As for the method in which this poll is taken, it is unfortunate that the internet is not more widely available for these women to use. If there was an alternative way to participate in the poll, such as a drop off box in a public location or some way to provide a safe and confidential environment for women to fill out the survey, I believe that more women would participate. If more women participated, the results would give more accurate (and shocking) statistics about the levels and numbers of assaults and rapes taking place in India. I would be very interested in having the same type of project take place in the United States to compare the results with those from the women living in India. It would be surprising and humbling to see just how common sexual assault and rape truly are.

This is a difficult topic to discuss as many people would prefer to “turn their heads” away from the horrifying statistics. Even here in America rape is not uncommon and for a young woman it can be a scary thought being independent when the assault and rape statistics are high. It is a good idea to allow for women to be able to anonymously respond to questions in India as I’m sure many women are simply too scared to risk being caught discussing things that might have happened to them. This anonymous poll will probably lead to more accurate results than just police reports as there are many instances that remain “quiet” with no police involvement. As for the method in which this poll is taken, it is unfortunate that the internet is not more widely available for these women to use. If there was an alternative way to participate in the poll, such as a drop off box in a public location or some way to provide a safe and confidential environment for women to fill out the survey, I believe that more women would participate. If more women participated, the results would give more accurate (and shocking) statistics about the levels and numbers of assaults and rapes taking place in India. I would be very interested in having the same type of project take place in the United States to compare the results with those from the women living in India. It would be surprising and humbling to see just how common sexual assault and rape truly are.

This is a difficult topic to discuss as many people would prefer to “turn their heads” away from the horrifying statistics. Even here in America rape is not uncommon and for a young woman it can be a scary thought being independent when the assault and rape statistics are high. It is a good idea to allow for women to be able to anonymously respond to questions in India as I’m sure many women are simply too scared to risk being caught discussing things that might have happened to them. This anonymous poll will probably lead to more accurate results than just police reports as there are many instances that remain “quiet” with no police involvement. As for the method in which this poll is taken, it is unfortunate that the internet is not more widely available for these women to use. If there was an alternative way to participate in the poll, such as a drop off box in a public location or some way to provide a safe and confidential environment for women to fill out the survey, I believe that more women would participate. If more women participated, the results would give more accurate (and shocking) statistics about the levels and numbers of assaults and rapes taking place in India. I would be very interested in having the same type of project take place in the United States to compare the results with those from the women living in India. It would be surprising and humbling to see just how common sexual assault and rape truly are.

In this article I think that you did a good job supporting your thoughts with the facts you obtained from the article you read. It makes a lot more sense for the reader and is more understanding when there are facts to back up points. Some of the information that I obtained from this article I didn't expect too. For an example, I didn't know that sexual harassment was such a big controversy in the world. It is also interesting whether the new methods to help prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault from occurring will actually help. I think though that the idea of making a website was a good idea because it could work as a counseling center and should help the future females that face the horrible experience.

This was a very interesting and well written post. It was fascinating and also eye-opening to hear some of the statistics about rape worldwide and in general. The fact that one rape occurs every 20 minutes is astonishing, and really can make you more aware of this growing social issue. It is saddening that in India, women don’t report these incidents for any variety of personal or safety reasons. This website that you mentioned seems like a great type of alternative for women to alert others of areas to be careful without actually having to go through the legal process of the law. Though it is a shame that there is not a high ratio of internet access to desired internet users, I’m sure this website still has a powerful impact on those who can reach it

This was a very interesting and well written post. It was fascinating and also eye-opening to hear some of the statistics about rape worldwide and in general. The fact that one rape occurs every 20 minutes is astonishing, and really can make you more aware of this growing social issue. It is saddening that in India, women don’t report these incidents for any variety of personal or safety reasons. This website that you mentioned seems like a great type of alternative for women to alert others of areas to be careful without actually having to go through the legal process of the law. Though it is a shame that there is not a high ratio of internet access to desired internet users, I’m sure this website still has a powerful impact on those who can reach it

Thank you for brining this issue up. I have never really though about this and you have brought up a good issue. This is a ver interesting issue happening in India and it is sad that more than half of the population are missing internet access to prevent further rapes. I like the idea of the women sharing their stories. What really got me is that a woman is raped every 20 minutes. This is an impactful statistics. People should bring more awareness to this growing issue.

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