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HOW CAN SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE BE STOPPED?

by wowmagazine

Suhang Nembang
Advocate

Our society wants to understand this behaviour and wants to prevent it from happening as there are thousands of cases related to sexual assault and rape faced by individuals, mainly victims being female. But we are not looking in the right direction and not doing the right thing to prevent such crimes.

Many of us think that the way out of this problem is severity in punishment and proper implementation of laws, but let us be clear that laws do not deter crime but only punish the criminals. And we should also understand that enforcement only comes after an assault. So making laws and introducing harsher punishment is not the way out. We have examples of countries with capital punishment that have shown no sign of improvement in the prevention of such crimes. Making harsher laws, protesting against such activities is a good step forward, but they do nothing to prevent sexual assault and rape.

Nothing is going to change until we shift our outrage towards a systematic solution and address the root cause of sexual assault and rape culture in society. To cure anything, we need to know the root cause of the problem. And that root cause lies in us and in society itself.

We are living in a society where 18+ jokes, pornography, vulgar pictures and anything that is vulgar and sensual sells faster than pani puri. We love today’s modern-day advertisements where sensuality is the way of promoting things. We make a group to share vulgar poems, jokes and stories for fun. We are living in a hypocritical society where we protest and yet promote ways for this kind of activity to happen indirectly.
We need to understand that we are a society in transition and there are so many fundamental issues that we need to address. We should start with education as it is one of the most important factors that plays a vital role in the prevention of such criminal activities. But we cannot ignore the fact that the problem of sexual assault and rape exists in the literate society too because we were never taught that males and females co-exist and no gender is superior to the other.

We have witnessed this from our school days where our sitting arrangement is separated into two different rows; one for boys and the other for girls. Teachers made you sit with the opposite gender only as punishment. In this case, gender sensitization is very important and needs to be taught from a very early age. 
We need to openly discuss and address fundamental human sexuality and the impact of hormonal influence on a human being. We used to have morals that guided us in old times but we are in a time where we need to work on various socio-cultural causes.

We as a nation and as a society should debate about how we are going to address this in a civilised manner. Hence education, the evolution of society, and enforcement together is a solution to prevent sexual assault and rape.

Trishagni Sakya
Executive Director, Maya Manor Boutique Hotel

Sexual assaults and rape happen because the assaulter/rapist is abusing their power as the dominant group. In the seemingly binary world that we live today, the dominant gender is the heterosexual man. They have been implicitly taught by patriarchy that other genders are not their equals and they might at whim abuse them without any repercussion.

Sexual assaults and rape are a perverse symptom of patriarchy. In order to stop it, we have to go to the depths of the system and fix the problem. We need to teach our boys from an early age that bad behaviour will be punished. We need to hold our boys accountable. Stop making excuses for them by saying “boys will be boys”. Instead, we need to tell both boys and girls that “no means NO!” and not “try again”. In Nepal, we do not parent our sons enough but over-parent our daughters. That needs to change.

Rojisha Shahi
Actor

The only way to end sexual assault and violence against women is by educating and empowering women. All the rules and policy makers in our country are mostly men and they wouldn’t fully gravitate towards understanding how crucial these issues are, making this least of their concern. Therefore, we should have more women in policy making and more educated women leading the country. Also Nepal being a South Asian country, sex is still considered a taboo. Proper sex education should be provided to both girls and boys. Talking about sex should not be considered as a forbidden fruit and should be normalised instead. 

Preet Shah
Programme Manager, Working for Elected Women

What we need is a cultural shift in which each child identifying themselves with any gender is raised not to feel that talking about sex and pleasure is forbidden. We need to talk about sex with respect, love and pleasure which is not only reserved for men but also for women.

Once we start taking up space to talk about ownership of our own bodies is when men and women will respect not only their own existence but each other’s as well, it will lead to an increased sense of empathy and acceptance, which would rampantly reduce the sense of objectifying one another.

Rape, a heinous crime, will only be stopped when firstly a woman’s dignity is not placed on her vagina and secondly when we stop making sex such a big deal that it becomes a taboo to even discuss with respect.

Prechya Bajracharya
Artist

I think the biggest way to tackle this problem is to reprogram our society from the very core. We need to discuss more about consent and make everyone understand the concept very well. We need to have zero tolerance for rape culture and victim blaming and we definitely need to stop normalising the daily harassment that women face and start giving perpetrators the punishment they deserve.

Brijesh Shrestha
Singer

I think education is the most important factor in this case. Men and women should be given equal priority. To stop rape and sexual assault, each and every family in society must take responsibility by giving good education to both boys and girls and speaking out loud against violence at home. This type of violence will not end until men become part of solution. Child marriage must be stopped. And lastly, each individual should take responsibility for creating awareness about rape and sexual harassment.

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