"Many women living with blindness will report that they have either been groped, harassed, pulled or had their agency taken away while a stranger is supporting them, all in the guise of, at least we’re helping you.”Nidhi Goyal
Disabled feminist activist, founder and executive director of Rising Flame
Issues explored: access to transportation, safety
A personal account of a disabled feminist activist, founder and executive director of Rising Flame
"Safety becomes a big component of accessibility and access, and that's something that we cannot deny if I don't see and I have to cross the street, which means I have to seek support from a stranger. Many women living with blindness will report that they have either been groped or harassed or pulled or had the agency taken away while a stranger is supporting them—all in the guise of, at least we are helping you, right. Because you don't have any other options. Your life is literally in that person's hands.
So, for disabled women, it just becomes another layer of access challenge because you're not only just occupying the space where there may be abusers or harassers, but you may also, because of inaccess, seek help because you're forced to seek help from strangers. It could be one of the harassers that you're offering your arm to. And you see many disabled women across disabilities have reported that—while they were being carried into the train, into a bus, transferred into a cab—they have been groped and have faced sexual harassment."