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.
As previously reported, last week two Studio City police officers in Los Angeles detained and allegedly mistook “Django Unchained” star Daniele Watts for a prostitute after they saw her — reportedly fully clothed — kissing boyfriend and celebrity chef Brian James Lucas in a car. #OYRchallenge
Associate professor and associate chair of the African and African Diaspora Studies Department at The University of Texas at Austin
A mix of outrage, horror and despair probably best describes many people’s responses to the recent coverage of and reactions to the violent assault of black women. It conjures up questions about how race may have played into it. Would Ray Rice been dropped from the Ravens quicker if the first video showed him dragging face down a white woman he beat unconscious from an elevator? Would we have needed to see the second video? Would media outlets have used the second video sparingly, out of consideration for the victim, if Janay Rice was white? But let me also ask this: how different might media coverage be of Daniel Holtzclaw, a police officer from Oklahoma City who faces 16 charges for allegedly raping several black women while on the job, if he was a black officer accused of the rape and sexual assault of eight white women during traffic stops? The answers lead to one cold, hard conclusion: black women’s lives do not matter. They simply do not matter. Not in mainstream America at least, and not in black America either. #OYRchallenge
“Their Eyes Were Watching God(2005):
Sassy Janie Starks looks unlike to get anywhere in pre-Great War Easton, Florida, but lands the best colored catch, lively shopkeeper Joe Starks, who even becomes town mayor. However her refusal to oblige his expectations of decency turn love into bitterness. After his death, she prefers to enjoy ‘freedom’ again, with cocky outsider ‘Tea Cake’ as playmate, and not just at chess. They even face the risks of seasonal labor. “
Lovern is just one of 6 women in this series:
In this series, you will hear from six survivors of domestic violence about why they didn’t leave sooner. The stories — told in their own words — are as distinct as they are similar. One woman suffered a brutal week of abuse before fleeing. Others stayed for decades trying to make things work. Two women were shot, the bullets narrowly missing their hearts. Another endured years of incessant stalking.
This ad campaign for a Lebanese organization called KAFA, which promotes gender equality and works to end violence against women, turns the sound wave patterns of derogatory words into physical wounds. The result is a sad but powerful reminder of just how deeply scarring verbal abuse can be.
- Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones, But Dammit, People, Words Hurt Too, Y’Know (upworthy.com)
- Sticks & Stones: Sticky Words (wisdomchasers.wordpress.com)
- Stick and Stones may break my Bones and Words as well may Hurt me (equalityandstrength.wordpress.com)
- The Wheel of Time: A Memory of Light Spoiler-Free Review (tor.com)
- I Drink Beer, Dammit (njgarrell.wordpress.com)
- Angels Attack on This Week’s Episode of Games, Dammit! (1up.com)
- Sticks and Stones (beingrebekah.com)
- New release – New Year’s Kisses by Rhian Cahill (passionatereads.com)
- Arts and Crafts (nikonusa.com)
House Republicans Failed To Pass Senate’s Reauthorization Of VAWA. The Huffington Post reported that the Violence Against Women Act expired on January 2 after House Republican leadership failed to bring the already-passed Senate version of the bill up for a vote:
Despite a late-stage intervention by Vice President Joe Biden, House Republican leaders failed to advance the Senate’s 2012 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, an embattled bill that would have extended domestic violence protections to 30 million LGBT individuals, undocumented immigrants and Native American women.
- Seriously? The House failed to do what? (graybeardtrail.com)
- House GOP blocks Violence Against Women Act (maddowblog.msnbc.com)
- House GOP Lets Violence Against Women Act Die (polistew.com)
- House GOP Lets Violence Against Women Act Expire (newser.com)
- House GOP blocks Violence Against Women Act (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Republicans Against … the Violence Against Women Act? (kjens22141989.wordpress.com)
House Republicans insisted the bill is too supportive of immigrants, the LGBT community, and Native Americans — and they’d rather let the law expire than approve a slightly expanded proposal. Vice President Biden, who helped write the original law, tried to persuade House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to keep the law alive, but the efforts didn’t go anywhere.