Bollywood actress Radhika Apte feels that sexual abuse does not only exist in the world of showbiz but takes place in every alternate household.
"Sexual abuse takes place in every alternate household. So it's not a part of just the film industry. You have so much child abuse, domestic abuse everywhere in the world, including India," Radhika told IANS.
She said it exists in "every field and household at some level or the other and that it all needs to be eliminated". Sexual abuse does not target just women, stresses Radhika. "It's also towards men, little boys and everybody. People exploit their power at every level."
Radhika asserted that this needed to change. "I think it starts from us putting our foot down and saying 'no' to things, however big your ambition is.
You need to be brave about it, believe in your own talent, say 'no' and start speaking up because if one person speaks up, nobody is going to listen to him or her. But if 10 people do, then others would (listen to them)," she said.
The 'Phobia' actress, said there has to be a more organised platform for people to work. "There has to be more professional platforms as well as rules in place which is slowly happening." Sexual abuse has been a topic of debate in Bollywood and Hollywood.
Prominent names from the entertainment industry are discussing how men in power take advantage of women in exchange for taking forward their dreams. —TOI