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Statistically, reported rapes in India are comparably low. The per capita rate of rape in India is a small fraction of that in the United States [source]. But, as a quick Google search will tell you, statistics can be misleading. Although they can be helpful and informative, statistics do not tell the whole story. Reported rape in India is comparably low to that of the US; however,
Local Indian surveys in the past 25 years have found that 1% to 4% of women in some areas reported having been raped or sexually assaulted in the past year—50 to 200 times greater than official rates.
Clearly, women living in India are not likely to feel safe.
Rape and sexual assault in India have received a fair amount of press in the past year in light of some particularly horrifying cases (you can read about some other high profile cases in the past few decades via the Washington Post). And, although discussing such atrocities certainly isn’t a pleasant way to occupy oneself, awareness of injustices like rape and poverty are a huge first step to making changes.
November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, but Orange Day happens on the 25th of every month (which includes today). The safety and well-being of women and children is completely entrenched in development. At thisvillage, we want to work hard to increase safety and health for women and girls in India, and all over the world.
I’d encourage you to take five minutes to read through a few resources from the United Nations, and to spread awareness. thisvillage believes in the inherent worth of people, and especially in empowering women and girls to have safer, healthier lives. You can read more about what we think on our Approaches page.
— Christie Esau