Sexual Assault of Black Women: A Non-Issue for Black Organizations?

September 1, 2011  |  

The sexual violation of women, especially black women isn’t new, but I can’t help but notice the uptick in this abuse being perpetrated and multiple news organizations reporting on it, so EVERYBODY knows, yet I see no protests, no picket signs, no meetings or public forums, no marches whatsoever, to protect young black girls and women from men who are violent against them. Is it okay to be raped by a black man and not do anything about it because you don’t want to see another “brother” go to jail?

Instead, many of these monsters just walk free, and the women– disabled or able-bodied, young, old or infant– are violated and then blamed for “asking for it.”  So…where is the outrage or the initiatives for the needs of black women?  Their civil rights are being violated (you know, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness) and I see not one active protest from men like Jesse, Al, or Quanell to protect these women.  The NAACP is also essentially absent from black women’s activism on any large scale. Men and organizations who have the connections, resources and wherewithal to affect change are silent.

What’s the matter, is it because you have no one to sue?

Conversely, I don’t see much backing from the National Organization of Women on the rape and rampant physical abuse going on in our communities either.  While everyone is running around trying to protect the rights of black men, black women are the forgotten.

But what do you think?

Christelyn D. Karazin is the co-author of Swirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate Mixing Race Culture and Creed (to be released April 2012), and runs a blog, www.beyondblackwhite.com, dedicated to women of color who are interested and or involved in interracial and intercultural relationships. She is also the founder and organizer of “No Wedding, No Womb,” an initiative to find solutions to the 72 percent out-of-wedlock rate in the black community.

 

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