#AskAnAdvocate: Helpful resources to learn more about and amplify Black voices in anti-sexual and interpersonal violence movements

a green and orange gradient background. Centered at the top of the page is the title: "#AskAnAdvocate. in the middle of the image is a search bar with the text: How do I learn about and amplify Black voices in the movement to end sexual and interpersonal violence? The SSAC logo is displayed in the bottom right corner. For this week’s #AskAnAdvocate, we talked about the connections of race and sexual and interpersonal violence and the ways to learn more about and amplify Black voices and works in the movements to end sexual and interpersonal violence. Throughout Ask an Advocate, I referenced some resources and toolkit and wanted to share these resources with you all! These resources may be helpful in increasing our knowledge and understanding of racism and its ties to sexual and interpersonal violence. This is not an exhaustive list but can be used as a starting point!

George Mason University Resources about anti-racist works, practices, and on racism in the U.S

  • The Center for Culture, Equity and Empowerment (CCEE) provides educational programs and cultural celebrations to raise awareness and to provide support for students of various racial and ethnic identities.
  • University Life Black Lives Matter Website provides accessible resources that allows us to deepen our understanding of what it means to be anti-racist. In addition to compiling resources, this website also provides action items and ways to become allies and support the Black community. These are incredible resources that can be used as a guide.
  • University Libraries Anti-Racism, #BlackLivesMatter, and Civic Action resource guide is another resource that provides a list of readings and materials on topics of anti-racism, white supremacy, and activist movements. This guide can also be used as a starting point to expand our knowledge of anti-racist practices.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) also compiled a list of helpful resources about dismantling racism and tools for coping with Racial Trauma.

Resources on Race, Sexual and Interpersonal Violence, and anti-violence movements

Part of the discussion in this week’s #AskAnAdvocate focused on the connections between race and sexual and interpersonal violence. Throughout history, sexual and interpersonal violence has been used as a tool for racist oppression. Also, the ways that attitudes and behaviors are being used to allow sexual and interpersonal violence in our society are rooted in racism and other systems of power. Below are some resources that provide more information on the intersections of race and sexual and interpersonal violence.

This week’s #AskAnAdvocate was in celebration of Black and African Heritage Month. The Center for Culture, Equity and Empowerment is offering various programming for Cultural Heritage Month. The calendar of events for Black and African Heritage Month is posted on their website!

– A quote by Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo Movement in a 2017 Washington Post article.

 Respectfuly,

Aina 🧡

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