New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Sayfty Trust on Monday launched the Sayfty Survivors’ Toolkit in collaboration with Jagran New Media, UN Women India, Twitter India and Manupatra. The aim of the toolkit is to bridge the gap in the provision of information for survivors of sexual violence at the local and national level. The toolkit could be accessed with a simple click on www.sayfty.com/survivorstoolkit. The survivors can browse through relevant sections consisting of information on legal procedures, mental health care, medical help and examinations, and supporting survivors. They can also access a directory of organisations that provide support to survivors of sexual violence.

The trauma of being sexually assaulted is not only shattering but it also leaves you feeling ashamed, alone and scared. The constant flashbacks, and unpleasant memories haunt a victim for a lifetime. Impact of Rape goes far beyond physical injuries. For these survivors, this toolkit will be a big support.

The event was attended by survivors of sexual violence, women’s rights activists, lawyers, doctors, civil society organizations, and college students.

The founder of Sayfty Trust, Dr. Shruti Kapoor started the event by saying “the toolkit is the need of the hour. Now more than ever, we need to ensure that survivors of sexual violence and allies have access to the right tools, resources, and information to help them not only get speedy justice but also the care they need.”

The power-packed Sayfty Survivors’ Toolkit launch event saw two distinguished panels. The speakers of first panel included Secretary of Shakti Shalini and Trustee of TARA Homes Dr. Bharti Sharma, IPS officer and ADG (Administration) Anuradha Shankar and Co-Founder at South Asia Women's Foundation Suneeta Dhar. The second panel consisted of Supreme Court of India Advocate Nipun Saxena, domestic violence survivor and author Rashmi Anand, senior journalist and #metoo activist Rituparna Chatterjee, Jagori’s Lakshmi Wankhede and Dr. Jupaka Madhavi, Senior Consultant, Mahila Shakti Kendra.

Where on one hand Anuradha Shankar asked the people to be more open and reach out to police, Suneeta Dhar said the system needs to be gender sensitive. "The survivors don’t want to be confronted with what the man in uniform is thinking. Police should follow the protocol. People should entrust police and authorities with confidentiality," Dhar said.

Bharti Sharma raised a point during the discussion where she mentioned that the front end workers of the NGO are also at risk. "Safety of counselors is a problem with all NGOs" she said.

In the second panel discussion, Nipun Saxena, Rituparna Chatterjee, Lakshmi Wankhede and Rashmi Anand discussed what could be done by the people who work closely with survivors.

Rituparna Chatterjee very righty mentioned that "Mental health is expensive. Many do not have Rs 2,500 to pay per week to therapists." She also mentioned that "Violence has been weponised. Rape is a form of punishment."

Advocate Nipun Saxena said that "registration of FIR is the moment it all starts. Witness protection is ignored. One stop crisis centers are only on papers and budgets."

Lakshmi Wankhede added that "women need to interact with each other. Woman to woman conversation is the key to cope up with post trauma of any sexual assault."

What is Sayfty Survivors’ Toolkit?

The toolkit is a resource that helps women victims of gruesome incidents like rape and provides all types of assistance, including medical and psychological help to the survivors. The toolkit could be accessed with a simple click on www.sayfty.com/survivorstoolkit. The survivors can browse through relevant sections consisting of information on legal procedures, mental health care, medical help and examinations, and supporting survivors. They can also access a directory of organisations that provide support to survivors of sexual violence.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma