TW: discussion of rape, sexual violence, and/or sexual assault
So I’ve been doing some stats research on the rate of sexual assault for young black women & I almost want to ask if any of us made it to 24 without being abused in some way, but I think I’m afraid of the answer. I always say that most women have a story even if they rationalize it as “Not really rape”, but now I’m feeling like every black American woman has a story by 30.
This right here is why I am kind of like I willd o cultural shit at large but large scale lets end rape movements that dont admit and highlight that beinga WOC but ESPECIALLY a Black woman or Native woman means you have a chance of assault that is in the high 80’s
Is someone colluding with rape.
If you’re issue with That show about a whole bunch of women who were approached BEFORE or just after the age of consent
is not hwo is a culture supporting the predation and victim blaming of our girls but hwobad it makes you look to your industry friends?
You collude with our rape.
And frankly we to busy trying to stay alive than to help you feel good a bout being a do nothing.
Isn’t the stat like 1 in 5 or 6 Black women will be sexually assaulted or abused at some point in my life. I have 5 sisters. That is all I think whenever I hear that shit.
side note the willingness to allow Black women to talk about how sexual violence has shaped their self-perception and self-esteem is one of the reasons that I really like Tricia Rose’s anthology Naked. when it was recommended to me that was a comment that someone made, ‘watch out because it talks about rape a lot’. not as a trigger warning but as like, mayne this book would have been better if they didn’t put all that dark shit in it. but then—as the numbers show—it wouldn’t have been the reality of Black women’s lives either.
whenever i think about this stuff I also think about how rare it is for me to have discussions with Black women I know in real life, hell Black women in my family about sexual violence. we don’t share that.
Actually the stat is more like 2 in 3 if you include childhood sexual abuse. I always find it interesting how rare it is to include children in those statistics & by interesting I mean horrifying.