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I am an 18 years old girl living in Mumbai, India. I was 10 years old when my uncle molested me. He touched me inappropriately but I was too young at that time to understand what it was. It just didn’t feel right. I became quiet and would always be scared. I was in girl’s school. After few months of that incident there were seminars conducted in my school on good touch, bad touch, awareness etc. At that time I realised that I was molested. Fortunately I didn’t face him next two years. When I was 13 years old, I came face to face with uncle. I was too scared. But he behaved normally like he used to before the incident. I was relieved but my relief didn’t last long. I was alone in the room getting ready for function when my uncle entered and closed the door. He took off my clothes and touched me everywhere. But before he could go further someone knocked the door. I was shell shocked by this incident. I didn’t eat properly. My grades were falling. I wanted to share with my parents but was scared. For next two years I was sinking. It was no less than a depression phase. Then a new TV program called Halla Bol started on bindaas TV. It was a program that broadcasted stories of strong women who fought sexual harrasment. I got inspired from one of the episodes and narrated my ordeal to counsellor at my school. I started learning Karate to protect myself. I slowly started socializing and came out of my bad phase. After 1 year, again at a family function I encountered my uncle. Again like last time he got me in a room alone and tried to do rape me. But this time I was able to protect myself by Karate. That day I beat him up. I used all strikes and techniques I learnt in a year. He got bruised badly. He made a cover up story of slipping in bathroom. It’s been 2 years now and we met on some functions but he didn’t try to molest me again. I haven’t told about this to anyone except that counsellor. I answered anonymously as my cousins are also there on Quora. I wish no one ever faces the situation that I faced, no one goes through the trauma I went through. But of anyone is going through it, I pray to God to give you strength to help yourself as God also helps only those who help themselves. It feels good to finally get this off myself even though anonymously.
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