Ain't I a Woman Too? The Intersections of Race, Victimhood & Survivorship in Sexual Violence
Inequity is pervasive in our society; this matter seems to be intensified at the intersections of sexual violence and women of color. While women of color may suffer higher rates of sexual violence than White women, there appears to be a double standard regarding their treatment as victim/survivors. While the penalties their assailants receive are less severe than those of assailants who assault White women, the expectation for women of color is to navigate these issues with strength, vague indifference, and to continue life as if this trauma will never have an effect on her life...but it eventually will. In this session, we will discuss the inequalities between white women and women of color concerning the healing process after sexual violence, take a deeper dive into how we provide services for all groups as counselors and advocates, and finally create an action plan for alliance-building in survivors continuum of care.
April-Autumn Jenkins is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Public Speaker with a demonstrated history of working in non-profits, healthcare settings, and the higher education industry. She is a skilled trainer and has provided services for youth & young adults for over 20 years. April-Autumn currently works for the Duke Women's Center as a therapist, trainer, and prevention educator. She also has a private practice, establisHER: Counseling and Life Solutions.