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This Is a Defining Moment for Women of Color Who Survived Sexual Violence
 
October 25 – November 7, 2018
 
marcell howell



“We saw an educated White woman with financial, legal, and familial support testify about being sexually assaulted, and then face the emotionally exhausting experience of being cross-examined for hours and disbelieved by many Senators. We got the message: If they won’t listen to her, it will be even worse for us.”

Now, women of color are witnessing in real time what happens to a woman who does speak out. Last week, we saw an educated White woman with financial, legal and familial support testify about being sexually assaulted, and then face the emotionally exhausting experience of being cross-examined for hours and disbelieved by many Senators.

For many women of color, the nightmare that unfolded last week sent a dangerous message: if our Senators won’t listen to a White woman with resources and privilege who has been deemed “credible,” it will be even worse for us.

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Also See Video of Cheryl Zondi conclude testimony in the Tim Omotoso trial in South Africa. Reverend Omotoso was accused of rape and human trafficking. He is alleged to have groomed his victims and began abusing them from the age of 14.
 
 
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