Sexual Assault Awareness Month is “celebrated” in April. See the double quotes. Yeah. isn’t it a pity that we have to have a whole month dedicated to something that in an ideal world, or even a civilised world, wouldn’t be a problem at all? SAAM for short, Sexual Assault Awareness Month is, I believe, found in the USA or is it UK. I wonder if we Indians have a SAAM. I don’t think so, so I chose to add a couple of blogposts about it in April. Starting with a few books.
Landscapes Of Fear, Understanding Impunity, is an academic book about how the largest democracy in the world turns a blind eye to human rights. Particularly the victims of sexual assault and violence. This probably isn’t what you are all looking for but I’m sure it’ll help a few readers who are looking to help others.
Why does the world’s largest democracy turn a blind eye to systematic violations of human rights in its periphery?
Drawing on the findings of a comparative research project, this volume tackles a set of intricate questions about the workings of impunity in India. How do victims of abuse and survivors of sexual violence end up being denied justice? What do those on the margins—those with the wrong sex, wrong identity markers, wrong political leanings— tell us about violence by state and non-state actors?