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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Number of Black Girls That Have Been Sexually Abused Will Shock You!


A 2012 study conducted by Black Women’s Blueprint revealed shocking information about young black girls. By the time they turn 18 years old, 60% of black girls will have been sexually abused by a black man. Although the study was 4 years ago, experts says the numbers haven't likely changed!

Black Women's Blueprint is an organization that was established in 2008 to research issues that black women struggle with and that often dominates their culture. The research involved 300 black women around the nation. What is also shocking about the study results is that the number of young black women who suffered sexual abuse by age 18 has increased. A similar study completed seven years prior to this study showed the number to be 40 percent.

Victims are reluctant to come forward

Cultural behavior among the black community often prevents young girls from coming forward about their abuse. There is often an unspoken rule against black females defaming the reputation of black men. This is a mindset that needs to be addressed in order to help black girls who have been abused. And it needs to be done in a way that respects their culture and relates to them on an emotional level, according to Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.).

It needs to be talked about

“By addressing domestic violence in these communities in a way that understands their culture and honors their values, we greatly increase the chances of making a difference for women of color who are being abused,” stated Solis.

Solis urges the creation of programs that address these cultural differences and needs of the victims. An important first step toward preventing sexual abuse is to begin talking about sexual abuse.

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