Expanding Our Frame: Deepening our Demands for Safety and Healing for Black Survivors of Sexual Violence

Report Cover for Expanding Our Frame By National Black Women’s Justice Institute & Ms. Foundation for Women
February 28, 2019 10:17 am

In a June 2018 joint letter, Tarana Burke and Joanne Smith of Girls for Gender Equity emphasized that the movement is “working to reframe and expand the global conversation around sexual violence to speak to the needs of a broader spectrum of survivors including young people, queer, trans, and disabled folks, Black women and girls, and all communities of color. We want to build bridges for restorative accountability and want to implement strategies to sustain long term, systemic change.

In October 2018, the ‘me too’ movement and allied organizations issued a call for action to address sexual violence that is inclusive of settings beyond the workplace, that addresses sexual violence in all its forms, and that makes clear “the wide-ranging connections it has to issues from public health to mass incarceration.”

Ms. Foundation grantee partners, along with their allies and networks, can join in centering Black women, girls, trans, gender nonconforming and nonbinary people in “me too.”

This new report calls for an expansion of messaging and responses to more explicitly center the experiences of Black women, girls, trans and gender nonconforming people.

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