Light is a new beginning | Tara’s* story

In the eyes of many young women who’ve been sexually harmed, justice means overcoming stigma and shame attached to abuse and moving forward with their lives. To live with a supportive family, and even starting a family of their own. Tara’s story beautifully portrays this new beginning. Tara was 16 years old when she moved from West Bengal to Delhi …

Light is Empowerment | Tanvi’s* story

Our team has known Tanvi for quite awhile now. Her case came to us in September 2014.  Despite all that’s happened in her young life, she is warm and loving, always ready to greet you with a hug. Tanvi was abused by her younger brother, father and an elder neighbor, who was like a grandfather to her. When she told …

Light is Justice | Navya’s* story

Many times, people equate convictions in court with justice.  While convictions validate a victim’s story and may play an important role in securing justice, true justice requires much more. Navya* is quiet and shy but has a constant smile on her face. She grew up in a village in northern India. After her father died, her mother re-married and sent …

Archana’s Courage

As I look back on CSJ’s journey, it’s been encouraging when people express how they are moved by our work. In late 2013, shortly after CSJ started operations, CSJ supporter Kimberly Hocking painted a watercolor and wrote a poem that reflected the courage of one of our first cases: a gangrape of a teenage girl named Archana. The case details …