Women Molestation and Sexual Assault

Sexual abuse, also referred to as molestation, is abusive sexual behavior by one person upon another. It is often perpetrated using force or by taking advantage of another. When force is immediate, of short duration, or infrequent, it is called sexual assault[citation needed]. The offender is referred to as a sexual abuser or (often pejoratively) molester.The term also covers any behavior by an adult or older adolescent towards a child to stimulate any of the involved sexually. The use of a child, or other individuals younger than the age of consent, for sexual stimulation is referred to as child sexual abuse or statutory rape. Live streaming sexual abuse involves trafficking and coerced sexual acts and or rape in real time on webcam

to make unwanted or improper sexual advances towards (someone) especially : to force physical and usually sexual contact on (someone) He was sent to prison for molesting children.

Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention. Examples of this are voyeurism (when someone watches private sexual acts), exhibitionism (when someone exposes him/herself in public), incest (sexual contact between family members), and sexual harassment. It can happen in different situations, by a stranger in an isolated place, on a date, or in the home by someone you know.

Rape is a common form of sexual assault. It is committed in many situations—on a date, by a friend or an acquaintance, or when you think you are alone. Educate yourself on “date rape” drugs. They can be slipped into a drink when a victim is not looking. Never leave your drink unattended—no matter where you are. Try to always be aware of your surroundings. Date rape drugs make a person unable to resist assault and have a type of memory loss so the victim doesn’t know what happened.

Violence against women by any one is always wrong, whether the abuser is someone you date; a current or past spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend; a family member; an acquaintance; or a stranger. You are not at fault. You did not cause the abuse to occur, and you are not responsible for the violent behavior of someone else. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, seek help from other family members and friends or community organizations. Reach out for support or counseling. 

What are the steps taken for women safety in India?

Police Reforms and Support

:2.Speedy Justice:

Special Investigation Units:

Capacity training of Prosecutors:

.POSH & POCSO :

Infrastructure to ensure the safety of women in public spaces

:24/7 Helpline and Safety Apps with speedy response:

While the Government has in place laws like- POSH, POCSO, and schemes like Nirbhaya Fund,Campaigns like Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Sukanya Samriddhi, the implementation, and enforcement should be an urgent focus area. The long pandemic has only worsened the sit

Five near-term recommendations are as follows

:1.Police Reforms and Support :

Large scale impactful training, robust standard operating procedures for filing FIR, investigation, and charge-sheet, and above all it should be time-bound. This needs strong enforcement amongst the police force. Increasing women’s police force to levels of 30% merits considering. We all know effective police patrolling  with speedy response delivers confidence for women’s safety

2.Speedy Justice:

The fast tracks courts exist only in name, often not in place or not functioning. We need resources and oversight to ensure Fast Track Courts are functioning as planned across the states and country. Gender sensitization of judicial authorities, if required merits training

3.Special Investigation Units:

For heinous crimes to expedite the investigation process should be ensured.

4 Promote Women’s safety awareness and empowerment:Sustained multi-year programs may include self-defense, leadership skills, educating on law and legal options about women’s safety and empowerment is essential. This has to be an ongoing agenda. Communication with men is equally important for women’s safety. We need to communicate on both gender equality and sensitivity in all the campaigns and communications, across urban & rural, sectors. Women need to be perceived as strong and equal.