Most of the victims of gang rape don’t survive,those few who do lead a life of contempt,which makes them die daily.The social stigma attached to a rape victim makes her an outcast,and is looked down upon by everybody.Under such dreaded circumstances,here is a girl who not only survived the agony of gang rape,but empowered herself to save and rehabilitate victims of sex trafficking.  Meet Dr Sunitha Krishnan who  belongs to  a rare breed of individuals who have committed their lives for the cause.

  At the tender age of 15 she  was gang raped by 8 men, beating her so badly that she is partially deaf in one ear. She is four and a half feet tall, but don’t let her height fool you;she is a world changer. Today, Sunitha is a leading advocate for the fight against Sex Trafficking.
Sunitha decided when she was young that she wanted to help the poor children of her village, so she went to college to become a social worker. One day as she was organizing the village so that she could teach them, a gang of 8 men did not like that a woman was interfering with what they claimed as “man’s society.” Sunitha then explains that the rape did not cause her to  become a victim but rather is released this anger. Not just any anger but pure fury. She dedicated her life after that to being an activist to fight against the same thing that happened to her. In “Half the Sky” she says, “What affected me more was the way society treated me, the way people looked at me. Nobody questioned why those guys did it. They questioned why I went there, why my parents gave me freedom.  I realized that what happened to me was a one-time thing. But for many people it was a daily thing”
Below is a link to a 13 minute video of Sunitha Krishnan speaking. It is dynamic and passionate. I encourage you to watch it, you will understand why this woman is one of my heroes.
Dr Sunitha Krishnan is a co founder and  fulltime volunteer  of Prajwala- a Hyderabad based NGO which has taken up the cause of saving and rehabilitating  victims of gang rape and sex trafficking. A mental health professional, she has done extensive research and is essentially a field practitioner. She has been instrumental in rescuing hundreds of children from severely abusive conditions and restoring childhood to them. Dr. Sunitha Krishnan is making it possible for India’s government and citizens organizations to manage jointly a range of protective and rehabilitative services for children who have been trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation. For her efforts in the anti-trafficking she has been awarded Stree Shakthi Puraskar(national award), Perdita Huston Human Rights Award and the World Of Children Award.

Courtsey http://www.hervoiceis.blogspot.in

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