Episode #18: People of Color & Sexual Assault – Engage by Uplift

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Align:start thank you so much everyone for joining thank you so much everyone for joining thank you so much everyone for joining us for another episode of engage by us for another episode of engage by us for another episode of engage by uplift we’re joined with Kat Blaque uplift we’re joined with Kat Blaque uplift we’re joined with Kat Blaque Skittles and Lindsey doe so today’s Skittles and Lindsey doe so today’s Skittles and Lindsey doe so today’s topic is really about people of color topic is really about people of color topic is really about people of color and assault and assault and assault first off let’s just get right into it first off let’s just get right into it first off let’s just get right into it why should we even talk about people of why should we even talk about people of why should we even talk about people of color specifically when talking about color specifically when talking about color specifically when talking about sexual assault I think it’s really sexual assault I think it’s really sexual assault I think it’s really really really important to discuss really really important to discuss really really important to discuss culture and race when we talk about culture and race when we talk about culture and race when we talk about sexual violence because the racist sexual violence because the racist sexual violence because the racist system that we do live in means that system that we do live in means that system that we do live in means that there are certain women that are there are certain women that are there are certain women that are targeted for violence more so than other targeted for violence more so than other targeted for violence more so than other women a 40% of black women report sexual women a 40% of black women report sexual women a 40% of black women report sexual violence before the age of 18 black violence before the age of 18 black violence before the age of 18 black women are only second after indigenous women are only second after indigenous women are only second after indigenous women in terms of the highest rates of women in terms of the highest rates of women in terms of the highest rates of sexual assault so how does culture or sexual assault so how does culture or sexual assault so how does culture or race and ethnicity affect reporting race and ethnicity affect reporting race and ethnicity affect reporting rates of sexual assault speaking in rates of sexual assault speaking in rates of sexual assault speaking in terms of the Latino community thinking terms of the Latino community thinking terms of the Latino community thinking of like people who might have this type of like people who might have this type of like people who might have this type of stigma where you don’t want to shame of stigma where you don’t want to shame of stigma where you don’t want to shame the family if I report it then not only the family if I report it then not only the family if I report it then not only am i shaming this person but I’m also am i shaming this person but I’m also am i shaming this person but I’m also shaving myself because why did I put shaving myself because why did I put shaving myself because why did I put myself in that position to be allowed to myself in that position to be allowed to myself in that position to be allowed to be abused and whatnot I’m thinking to be abused and whatnot I’m thinking to be abused and whatnot I’m thinking to myself you know what about undocumented myself you know what about undocumented myself you know what about undocumented women there’s an extra layer of well if women there’s an extra layer of well if women there’s an extra layer of well if I report then I may also be deported is I report then I may also be deported is I report then I may also be deported is it worth it for every one black woman it worth it for every one black woman it worth it for every one black woman that does report sexual violence are 15 that does report sexual violence are 15 that does report sexual violence are 15 who don’t because black people are who don’t because black people are who don’t because black people are viewed as a monolith there’s this idea viewed as a monolith there’s this idea viewed as a monolith there’s this idea that we have to maintain a certain image that we have to maintain a certain image that we have to maintain a certain image and so many black women and in the black and so many black women and in the black and so many black women and in the black community it’s there’s a pressure to community it’s there’s a pressure to community it’s there’s a pressure to maintain the image of the black man so maintain the image of the black man so maintain the image of the black man so if a black man is the you know the the if a black man is the you know the the if a black man is the you know the the person who did the sexual assault person who did the sexual assault person who did the sexual assault there’s this idea that you know we can’t there’s this idea that you know we can’t there’s this idea that you know we can’t perpetuate this negative image speaking perpetuate this negative image speaking perpetuate this negative image speaking almost on that how do stereotypes fit almost on that how do stereotypes fit almost on that how do stereotypes fit into all this into all this into all this I would might try that here from from I would might try that here from from I would might try that here from from you what your take is on your you what your take is on your you what your take is on your experiences experiences experiences Lindsay well you know what Lindsay Lindsay well you know what Lindsay Lindsay well you know what Lindsay that’s the best thing I’m thinking to that’s the best thing I’m thinking to that’s the best thing I’m thinking to myself about the women in my family who myself about the women in my family who myself about the women in my family who have kept silence because of the have kept silence because of the have kept silence because of the stereotype you know Latinas are just stereotype you know Latinas are just stereotype you know Latinas are just seductive we just are in nature and let seductive we just are in nature and let seductive we just are in nature and let me put that in quotes for people who are me put that in quotes for people who are me put that in quotes for people who are gonna comment back and not understand my gonna comment back and not understand my gonna comment back and not understand my sarcasm that we are naturally just sarcasm that we are naturally just sarcasm that we are naturally just seductive and that we called upon this seductive and that we called upon this seductive and that we called upon this you know just by my presence by me being you know just by my presence by me being you know just by my presence by me being exotic whatever the hell that means exotic whatever the hell that means exotic whatever the hell that means that I actually made this happen so I that I actually made this happen so I that I actually made this happen so I should have you know fill in the blank I should have you know fill in the blank I should have you know fill in the blank I should have covered up I shouldn’t have should have covered up I shouldn’t have should have covered up I shouldn’t have shown my breasts I shouldn’t have been shown my breasts I shouldn’t have been shown my breasts I shouldn’t have been out at night X Y & Z I shouldn’t have out at night X Y & Z I shouldn’t have out at night X Y & Z I shouldn’t have been brown like you know like endpoint been brown like you know like endpoint been brown like you know like endpoint of that yeah it within the black of that yeah it within the black of that yeah it within the black community there is this very specific community there is this very specific community there is this very specific history of the Jezebel and the Jezebel history of the Jezebel and the Jezebel history of the Jezebel and the Jezebel is this you know hyper sexual creature is this you know hyper sexual creature is this you know hyper sexual creature there’s um sorry Bartman who was this there’s um sorry Bartman who was this there’s um sorry Bartman who was this black woman who was you know captured black woman who was you know captured black woman who was you know captured from Africa and put into zoos like human from Africa and put into zoos like human from Africa and put into zoos like human zoos in in England and basically they zoos in in England and basically they zoos in in England and basically they were trying to prove that because she were trying to prove that because she were trying to prove that because she had a large bottom and a large breast had a large bottom and a large breast had a large bottom and a large breast and she was just a large courageous and she was just a large courageous and she was just a large courageous woman that she was built for sexual um woman that she was built for sexual um woman that she was built for sexual um you know use even after charge um her you know use even after charge um her you know use even after charge um her death Sarah Berman’s death she was on death Sarah Berman’s death she was on death Sarah Berman’s death she was on her vagina her vulva was actually cut her vagina her vulva was actually cut her vagina her vulva was actually cut out and put into museums you know that out and put into museums you know that out and put into museums you know that whole history is is very much there for whole history is is very much there for whole history is is very much there for black women and it still definitely black women and it still definitely black women and it still definitely affects us to this day how do factors affects us to this day how do factors affects us to this day how do factors like racism and white privilege factor like racism and white privilege factor like racism and white privilege factor into how our society receives claims of into how our society receives claims of into how our society receives claims of sexual assault for someone sexual assault for someone sexual assault for someone new experiences white privilege that I new experiences white privilege that I new experiences white privilege that I don’t have fear when I go to police don’t have fear when I go to police don’t have fear when I go to police station to report something that I’ve station to report something that I’ve station to report something that I’ve seen I don’t I don’t have to think about seen I don’t I don’t have to think about seen I don’t I don’t have to think about multiple levels of my identity and how multiple levels of my identity and how multiple levels of my identity and how that is going to impact whether or not that is going to impact whether or not that is going to impact whether or not they’ll listen to me I walk into a they’ll listen to me I walk into a they’ll listen to me I walk into a police station I don’t want to have to police station I don’t want to have to police station I don’t want to have to risk something happening to me because risk something happening to me because risk something happening to me because the the thing that I think everyone goes the the thing that I think everyone goes the the thing that I think everyone goes through is oh she was asking for it but through is oh she was asking for it but through is oh she was asking for it but black women specifically especially black women specifically especially black women specifically especially especially they’re trans we’re especially they’re trans we’re especially they’re trans we’re definitely asking for it like there’s definitely asking for it like there’s definitely asking for it like there’s this notion that you know because I’m this notion that you know because I’m this notion that you know because I’m black and because I’m trans that I just black and because I’m trans that I just black and because I’m trans that I just am a sexual object that I just am am a sexual object that I just am am a sexual object that I just am available for sexual use so but I think available for sexual use so but I think available for sexual use so but I think there’s something strange which maybe there’s something strange which maybe there’s something strange which maybe isn’t being talked about enough where isn’t being talked about enough where isn’t being talked about enough where there’s this idea that maybe people who there’s this idea that maybe people who there’s this idea that maybe people who are white suffer less in general and so are white suffer less in general and so are white suffer less in general and so if if this person experiences violence if if this person experiences violence if if this person experiences violence oh my goodness and we should have this oh my goodness and we should have this oh my goodness and we should have this incredible amount of pity and sympathy incredible amount of pity and sympathy incredible amount of pity and sympathy and then for for other groups there’s and then for for other groups there’s and then for for other groups there’s this idea of oh well you have already this idea of oh well you have already this idea of oh well you have already experienced challenges and you have experienced challenges and you have experienced challenges and you have experienced abuse and maltreatment and experienced abuse and maltreatment and experienced abuse and maltreatment and marginalization and so the fall isn’t marginalization and so the fall isn’t marginalization and so the fall isn’t going to hurt you as much like we’ve going to hurt you as much like we’ve going to hurt you as much like we’ve already suffered so we should be used to already suffered so we should be used to already suffered so we should be used to it yeah interesting I’ve never thought it yeah interesting I’ve never thought it yeah interesting I’ve never thought of that when I was scared where you were of that when I was scared where you were of that when I was scared where you were going I was like I was already processing I I was like I was already processing I I was like I was already processing I was like how am I gonna transition cuz was like how am I gonna transition cuz was like how am I gonna transition cuz but yes that that makes a lot of sense but yes that that makes a lot of sense but yes that that makes a lot of sense no we got this well thank you so much I no we got this well thank you so much I no we got this well thank you so much I know that this was a really difficult know that this was a really difficult know that this was a really difficult conversation to have so thank you all conversation to have so thank you all conversation to have so thank you all for being really honest and genuine for being really honest and genuine for being really honest and genuine until next time alright that’s it for until next time alright that’s it for until next time alright that’s it for this 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