Harish Iyer is a creative professional from Mumbai. For years now, he has been advocating for children's rights and chooses to call himself a ‘thriver’ and not a ‘victim’ of child sexual abuse. After he shared his story on Satyamev Jayate, he inspired many to open up. Here, he shares his experiences with us.
“All of us who came on Satyamev Jayate became magnets for similar stories. Pain is a great binder, and it helped us heal many wounds; it also brought many out of the closets of shame and despair.
Thanks to my appearance on the show, the cause got an uplift, and I was recognized as one of its ambassadors. I appeared on many news shows—Sagarika Ghose from CNN-IBN invited me to a show on the issue of child sexual abuse, and so did Sonia Singh from NDTV. Besides this, I have been to more than 50 events across the country, the biggest being TEDx and THiNK 2013. Almost every Hindi and English newspaper in India has carried an article or interview with me and the web has also been abuzz with the issue.
I am glad that I was a part of this big family. Thank you for the sensitivity and the heart that you put in our stories.”