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.
- Understanding Racism and its Connections to Sexual and Domestic Violence. This article was written by Prevent Connect, a project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
- A Black Feminist Reflection on the Anti-Violence Movement, an article by Beth Richie.
- Anti-Racism as Violence Prevention – articles and video series by Futures without Violence.
- Racism & Sexual Violence: What’s the connection? A bulletin by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
- “#MeToo was started for Black and Brown women and girls. They’re still being ignored.” A 2017 Washington Post article written by Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo Movement
- More to Follow: Black Activists and Organizations against Sexual 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!