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Chinmayi Sripaada molested: Singer shares on Twitter how she was sexually harassed

International Business Times (IN) logo International Business Times (IN) 12-03-2018 Prakash Upadhyaya

Chinmaye in a dress shirt and tie: Chinmayi Sripaada © PR Handout Chinmayi Sripaada Singer Chinmayi Sripaada, in a shocking revelation, has opened up on how she was molested Sunday, March 12. She wrote on Twitter that she was groped at an event.

In a series of Tweets, the singer has spoken less about the incident, but has tried to stress on why victims hesitate to speak about such incidents. Interesting part of her tweets is that she has addressed both the men and women facing such issues.

"Most common places - Their own home, public transport, places of worship, educational institutions. Most girls and boys haven't mustered the strength to share it with their family and friends coz no one would believe it. Even if girls have a chance of being heard, men have NONE. [sic]"

Talking about victim blaming and shaming, she added,"Men are shamed if they share an account of sexual assault/molestation during childhood. Women who gathered the courage to share have been blamed "she enjoyed it". Imagine grown adults accusing a child of enjoying sexual assault. And other seemingly sane adults believing it, [sic]"

She continues, "Not to mention - women shaming other women who have been molested/harassed. And commenting on 'you dress/look like that you are asking for it' I think women need to be trained first on victim blaming and shaming. [sic]"

The actress sends out a message stating that the victim shaming and putting blame on clothes, attitudes and other things should be stopped in such incidents. "Please - stop shaming the victims, their lipstick, hair, skin colour, clothes, attitude, talent, intelligence, whatever. Boys are at an equal risk of sexual abuse. Many are traumatised for life. Please understand they need the support as well. Dont shame. Thank you. [sic]" the actress further adds.

Before ending, Chinmayi asks victims to speak up and slap the person who touches them inappropriately without their permission. "As for victims - speak up, yell, slap those who touch you without your consent. When groped we are temporarily stunned into silence - including me. This is usually the window the assaulter uses to his advantage. Finally, it is NOT your fault. Be kind on yourself. Love yourself. [sic]" she tweets.

Recently, a similar kind of incident came to light after actress Amala Paul was harassed by a Chennai-based businessman. However, the alleged person was arrested by the cops in connection with the case.

There are many such incidents that where female celebrities were molested in public.

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