Monthly Archives: July 2015

Controlled: A Guest Blog Post by Neesha Arter

I wrote a guest blog post for “Forever Going Forward” on anorexia and my new memoir CONTROLLED.

Forever Going Forward

This blog post is written by Neesha Arter, a survivor of an eating disorder as well as sexual abuse.

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When I was fourteen years old, I struggled with anorexia after being sexually assaulted by two people I had no reason to mistrust. My ordinary teenage life went from volleyball practice and sleepovers to an unwanted legal case and loss of identity. In my memoir, CONTROLLED, which comes out on August 11th, I write about how these challenges consumed my life.

For me, it was never a matter of being skinny or fat—anorexia was the remnant of my sexual assault and a vehicle to satisfy my wish to simply disappear. Fourteen is already an age where you don’t seem to know anything about the world. In many ways, losing my innocence made me lose my identity entirely. I couldn’t figure out if I was a teenager anymore or an…

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Sex Trafficking In India- New York Times/ Women In The World


“Who’s sari now?” Taking on prostitution and sex trafficking in an enterprising new way

Ruchira Gupta and Rosena Sammi are turning saris into jewelry to try and help millions of women and girls in India



“Social enterprise is useless without an education,” says Ruchira Gupta of the sex trafficking epidemic in India. Gupta, founder of the NGO Apne Aap, has partnered with jewelry designer Rosena Sammi on the new collection “Who’s Sari Now?” to empower women and children rescued from red light districts across India.

Apne Aap runs classes in small community centers for daughters of women working—by choice or otherwise—as prostitutes. The NGO, which works toward helping the girls gain admission to boarding schools outside of the red light districts, currently has 1,200 children in schools and 2,000 women engaged in income generating activities, producing “Who’s Sari Now?” items for sale. The line of accessories is made from upcycled saris, and Indian sex workers in Bihar and West Bengal are helping make the jewelry, which will be sold in Los Angeles, New York City, and online, beginning this month.

In India, the average age of a girl being pulled into prostitution is between nine and 13, and there are roughly three million prostituted women and girls in India, of which 1.4 million are children. Women In The World sat down with Ruchira Gupta and Rosena Sammi to discuss the epidemic and solutions.

Read more at The New York Times.

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