India The Bold, Brave And Hopeful Stories Of Two Rape Survivors From Opposite Ends Of The World








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Rape is, unarguably, the most heinous of crimes. Above and beyond the physical distress, it causes irreparable emotional damage to the victims. Most are dazed and traumatized for very long after the incident, and some develop permanent psychological disorders that include depression, paranoia and phobias. For the fear of persecution during trial, most victims choose to not report rape. Victims often resort to leading secluded lives, refraining from fully utilizing their potential. They also shy away from actively participating in the world, becoming reclusive.
It is tragic that the burden of the repercussions should be borne by the victims, who come to believe that they are no longer a part of regular society. It is an unfair outcome, as they are made to suffer for absolutely no fault of theirs.

However, some women have gone beyond, and turned this tragedy into their fuel for achievement.


Claressa Shields is an American Olympian boxer. She boxes in the 75 kg women’s category, and has won 74 out of the 75 bouts that she has participated in. Presently, Shields is gaining fame and accolades for her recent feats as the first North American woman to win gold at the London Olympics in 2012. She enjoys the recognition coming her way, and is working hard for the Olympics at Rio. Though her story as a sportswoman is a tale of encouragement in itself, it is her daunting past that cements her position as a real hero.

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Shields was raped by a man when she was merely a young child, barely 6 years old. What is more astonishing is that the man in question was a known person who was associated with her family- he was her mother’s boyfriend. This was not a singular episode, as she was also molested while she was still a child of about 9 years. The Claressa’s mother refused to believe her, leaving the young girl feeling abandoned.

Claressa then chose to move to live with her grandmother, whom she holds in high regard for helping her shape her life.

Given her tender age, Claressa was confused, angry, scared and critical of her own self worth. She dealt with these issues privately, finding it difficult to discuss them. As is a common condition, most rape victims feel a loss of respect, both – within themselves, and what they perceive from society. The shields went through the same sentiment; until she decided to channel her frustration towards boxing. Her father, who was an underground boxer, piqued her interest in boxing and also helped her take up the sport professionally. She talks about having vented her resentment through writing, thus, she maintained a journal. Boxing, however, provided an even better medium for her to be able to release her rage. She claims that even as a beginner, she could throw some hard punches. Boxing also gave her confidence, and achievements, and a family in the form of coaches and teammates. Shields is a winner, even more in life than in the ring, because she chose to punch and fight back, even when circumstances had knocked her down to her knees.

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In a similar vein, Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, a young girl with a passion for social work was gang-raped by 8 men at the age of 15. Sunitha had a vision for the betterment of society, and started her good work while she was just a young 12-year-old who was running schools for underprivileged children in slums. Just three years later, she has been gang raped while she was on one of her campaigns. She had to deal with her emotional upheaval, as well as the fear of societal ostracisation. The stigma must have been enormous for a teenager, whose guiding intention was to contribute productively to society. In a country with a predominantly conservative mindset, being raped also raises questions on the woman’s social acceptability. Sunitha, though, was strong-willed, and would not cave in.
She made up her mind to use the traumatic experience as a guiding light for her future endeavors. She set her mind to reaching out and helping other women who had suffered similar predicaments, and were survivors. She has, since, worked tirelessly to rehabilitate rape victims. She is also focused on saving girls who are caught in the sex trafficking racket. Her work includes identifying these women, helping them fight for justice, while also emotionally stabilizing them so that they can return to the normalcy of everyday society. She insists that greater emphasis should be laid on exposing the men who rape – their identities and mindsets, so that the pressure of shame is rightfully shifted from the victim, to the culprit.

In 2016, the Government of India awarded her the Padma Shri, which is the fourth highest honor for civilians in India.

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The grave aftereffects of rape and the complexity of dealing with them cannot be undermined. The intrusive nature of the act renders it an assault on the soul, and the self of the women it is inflicted on. It is the courage and valor of women like Claressa Shields and Dr. Sunitha Krishnan that ought to inspire women to overcome even the harshest of adversities, and emerge bolder. It is suggested that a rapist’s primary motive is to enjoy a feeling of dominance over the woman. There would be no greater victory over the rapists, than for the victim to take control of life and emerge a stronger individual.

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