The Sur­pris­ing Way Grop­ing Harms You

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Once the im­me­di­ate shock of the crime wears off, “vic­tims typ­i­cally feel em­bar­rassed that they were sin­gled out, and they of­ten sec­ond-guess their emo­tions and con­vince them­selves they are over­re­act­ing,” ex­plains Chip Stone, a clin­i­cal and foren­sic psy­chi­a­trist in Cal­i­for­nia, whose clients in­clude both sex of­fend­ers and trauma vic­tims.

Those emo­tions may be re­in­forced if a woman goes to the po­lice. In ad­di­tion to the fact that there is usu­ally a lack of foren­sic ev­i­dence or wit­nesses, an old-school at­ti­tude typ­i­cally ex­ists among po­lice of­fi­cers that grop­ing is no big deal. “That means in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent is low on the pri­or­ity list of most cops,” says Tur­vey.

The as­sault can also trig­ger a deeper, more in­sid­i­ous re­sponse. “Women tend to feel robbed of their strength and re­silience, forc­ing them to re- eval­u­ate how safe they really are,” says Tur­vey. Adds Dr Stone, “Be­ing groped is a dis­em­pow­er­ing feel­ing.”

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