There are obvious steps we as a society can take to better support all victims of sexual violence: We have to stop blaming and shaming survivors, and to start holding perpetrators accountable. But we also need to do much more to support women in disadvantaged communities. These are the same women who have the least flexibility at work, the least access to reliable transportation, the least help with child care, and the least resources with which to pursue legal representation or medical treatment on their own. We need to do a better job of bringing health, legal and psychological services to them.
A 2000 US Department of Justice report showed that African-American women experienced intimate partner violence at a rate 35 percent higher than that of white women. “In 2007, African-American female victims of intimate partner homicide were twice as likely as white female homicide victims to be killed by a spouse,” according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. A study conducted in 2002 by Tufts University found that 40 percent of African-American women report coercive contact of a sexual nature by age 18, as cited by the American Bar Association. The same study found that the number one killer of African-American women ages 15 to 34 is homicide at the hands of a current or former intimate partner, and that only 17 percent of African-American women survivors of sexual assault report the assault to the police.
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins, The Associated Press
The 17-year-old Mays and 16-year-old Richmond were charged with digitally penetrating the West Virginia girl, first in a car and then in a house.
- Steubenville rape trial verdict: Guilty (wptv.com)
- Verdicts in Steubenville high school rape trial (usnews.nbcnews.com)
- Guilty verdicts in Steubenville high school rape trial (usnews.nbcnews.com)
- The verdict in the Steubenville rape trial is expected tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. EDT, after a day in which the accuser testified in the case. More details: (shortformblog.com)
“I wouldn’t say she was completely passed out but she wasn’t in any state to make a decision for herself.” That’s what one of the witnesses in the Steubenville, Ohio, trial told police of the 16-year-old girl at the center of the case, according to ABC News. Perhaps that witness was one of the three football players who have not been charged but are expected to testify for the prosecution in the trial, which began Wednesday.
- Rape Case Set to Begin in Steubenville (fox8.com)
- Steubenville rape trial prosecutor says victim too drunk to consent (thestar.com)
- Another marathon day in Steubenville rape trial (wtvr.com)
- Can rape be stopped? (salon.com)
- Trial to begin in Ohio H.S. football rape case (cnsnews.com)
- Defense in Steubenville Rape Case Argues Girl ‘Didn’t Affirmatively Say No’ (alternet.org)
- Steubenville rape trial: court hears account of alleged attack (guardian.co.uk)
Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona a 14-year-old girl tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.
In a nation where scores of women are daily molested, raped, and humiliated, why only few cases get the attention they deserve and the others don’t? What are the factors that determine which issue gets media attention and which does not? Does the background of the victim matter?