Jillian Foster

Idaho Pin

Quietly Resisting in Tajikistan

By Jillian Foster 

As a women’s rights activist, I have always felt strongly that sexual assault and rape, referred to collectively as sexual violence, are unforgivably wrong. I have spent the majority of my life in a comfortable cocoon of white, upper-middle class, suburban privilege. It was not until I ventured to Tajikistan for work that I realised sexual violence is beyond unforgivable. Sexual violence is suffocating, it is stunting to the point of personality change, and it is problematic to the core. The idea of sexual violence incites violent rage inside anyone that has not normalised such behaviour, particularly women’s rights activists.