In the spring of 2020, WLP youth surveyed over 150 youth of color sexual violence and harassment survivors on their experiences with mental health care. The majority of Black girl survivors who responded had never received mental health care intervention or counseling for their trauma. Moreover, according to the Black Women's Blueprint, nearly 60% of African American girls will experience sexual abuse by the age of 18, and African American women are less likely to report sexual violence and abuse than non-black women. In addition, Black queer gender non-conforming and trans youth are more likely to experience sexual violence, harassment, and displacement--while having greater risk of falling into poverty--than straight youth. These youth are triply traumatized by the culture of victim blaming, shaming, and gaslighting inflicted upon them by their own communities.
Why is there no broad community outcry about these atrocities? And what would a Black girl-survivor focused policy agenda and platform look like?
African American girls and young women and community allies are invited to the first #Standing4BlackGirls task force meeting on Thursday, February 25th.
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Meeting ID: 915 1788 3069
#S4BG issues survey Link: https://bit.ly/38U4RNY