Following the February 2021 launch of We, As Ourselves, a culture and narrative change campaign in support of Black survivors,‘me too.’ International, the National Women’s Law Center, and TIME’S UP Foundation are excited to launch a week of action to center and amplify the voices of Black survivors and drive a national conversation about the conditions needed to support Black survivors and ensure that they are heard, seen, believed, and supported.
Too often Black survivors are silenced, vilified, or not believed when they come forward. In fact, recent studies reveal:
- Black women report experiencing workplace sexual harassment at three times the rate of white women.
- For every Black woman who reports rape, at least 15 do not report.
- A recent study found prosecutors filed charges in 75% of the cases in which a white woman was attacked, but when the victim was a Black woman, prosecutors filed charges just 34% of the time.
- Half of all Black transgender women are survivors of sexual violence and two thirds of Black transgender people said they would be uncomfortable asking the police for help.
This virtual week of action takes place April 26-30 with each day highlighting a central theme centered on the specific needs and support essential for Black survivors:
- April 26: Center Survivors
- April 27: Reimagine Survivorhood
- April 28: Build Community
- April 29: End Sexual Violence
- April 30: Shift the Narrative
We hope that you’ll join this pivotal movement.
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