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UN Women states that 1 in 3 women face some kind of sexual assault at least once in their lifetime. However, in our experience, these statistics are grossly under reported especially in India where a rape occurs every 20 mins in India. Yet most women and girls do not talk about this abuse for a multiple of reasons - fear of societal backlash, culture, victim blaming, fear of police, tedious formal procedures and the list goes on.
As a result, women keep silent about their experiences and information is not captured anywhere. Moreover, this emboldens perpetrators over time, and society accepts it as the status quo. This leads to under communication and under reporting of the crucial issue of Gender-Based Violence. If there are poor official statistics, the problem is not visible and does not truly representation of the scale of the issues.
At Red Dot Foundation, we are empowering survivors to break their silence and document every instance of harassment and abuse in public spaces, and create effective solutions at the local level.
Through our Safecity platform, our objectives are as follows: