Historical Overview: Throughout much of U. The legal system offered little protection and stereotypes about Black women's hypersexuality were used to justify limited social support for Black rape victims. Black women developed a culture of silence and engaged in anti-rape organizing to cope with their victimization. Characteristics of Black Rape Survivors: In community samples, In student samples, In national studies, approximately 1 in 5 Black women had been raped in their lifetime.
Addressing dating violence for young girls of color in the #MeToo era
Sexual Violence in the Lives of African American Women: Risk, Response, and Resilience
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , there are more than three million reports of abuse perpetrated against children and adolescents each year, with females experiencing higher rates of victimization CDC, a , ; U. Department of Health and Human Services, Racial disparities also exist for the prevalence of child or adolescent abuse, with African-Americans experiencing elevated rates relative to other racial groups CDC, a. While precise rates are not known, the CDC estimates that There is a growing body of cross-sectional studies examining the correlation between specific forms of abuse and sexual health among adolescents. A history of sexual abuse has been associated with increased STD incidence Brown, et al. Additionally, one study found that childhood sexual abuse was associated with greater frequency of sexual coercive experiences during adolescence Noell, et al.
Action Partnership on Interventions for Black Children Exposed to Violence and Victimization
The Youth Initiative builds the nation's capacity to support youth victims while working to advance their rights and ensuring youth leadership on issues that affect youth. Join the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Children and youth in the United States experience an alarming rate of exposure to violence and victimization from all the crimes that affect adults—from property crimes to homicide—plus child abuse and neglect. Victimization levels increase as youth reach adolescence; in fact, youth ages 12 to 24 suffer more violent crime than any other age group in the United States. Compared with other segments of the population, victimization rates for African American children and youth are even higher.
Whereas dating violence among high school students has been linked with sexual risk-taking and substance use, this association has been understudied among early adolescents. We estimated the prevalence of physical and nonphysical dating violence in a sample of middle school students and examined associations between dating violence, sexual, and substance use behaviors. Logistic regression models for clustered data from 7th grade students attending 10 Texas urban middle schools were used to examine cross-sectional associations between dating violence victimization and risk behaviors. About 1 in 5 reported physical dating violence victimization, Adjusted logistic regression analyses indicated that physical, nonphysical, and any victimization was associated with ever having sex, ever using alcohol, and ever using drugs.