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Indian sexual assault survivors break taboos by using Snapchat filters to tell their stories

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Snapchat filters are popular for their funny and absurdist nature. Yet, a mobile journalism project in India has demonstrated how the app can be a powerful and unconventional storytelling tool as well.  

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Hindustan Times mobile editor, Yusuf Omar, chose Snapchat to interview two teenage women participating in India's first Climb Against Sexual Abuse near the southern city of Mysore. The filters enabled sexual assault survivors to narrate their stories without the fear of being recognised.

"I was five years old when it happened," one of the survivors says. "They locked me in a room, they tortured me, and made me do a lot of work."  Read more...

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