Living at the Intersection

  title={Living at the Intersection},
  author={Roxanne A. Donovan and Michelle K. Williams},
  journal={Women \& Therapy},
  pages={105 - 95}
Abstract Empirical and clinical data indicate that Black rape survivors are blamed more and are less likely to disclose their assaults than other women. We propose that these differences are, in large part, due to how Black women are perceived and evaluated. Specifically, we link two historical images of Black women, Jezebel and Matriarch, to the contemporary experience of Black rape survivors. The paradoxical and destructive implications of these images on Black rape survivors' decisions to… Expand
Battered, Black, and Blue
Abstract The purpose of this article is to review the many forms of violence in the lives of African American women, including childhood sexual abuse, dating violence, intimate partner violence,Expand
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners’ Perceptions of the Influence of Race and Ethnicity on Victims’ Responses to Rape
Race/ethnicity plays a role in the perception of rape and experiences of victims. This research explores sexual assault nurse examiners’ (SANE) perceptions of the influence of victims’ race/ethnicityExpand
Black Quiet Noise: Breaking the Silence on Sexual Assault within the Black Community
abstract:While the issue of racism in the silencing of survivors has been raised, intracultural silence and sexism has been largely ignored, and Black women remain silent survivors of sexual assaultExpand
Revealing a hidden curriculum of Black women’s erasure in sexual violence prevention policy
ABSTRACT This article aims to challenge the framework by which rape and sexual assault prevention in higher education are being constituted by centring Black women’s experiences of sexual violenceExpand
To Blame or Not To Blame
Examining how victim race, perpetrator race, and participant sex affect perceptions of a rape survivor's promiscuity (jezebel stereotype) and strength and/or toughness (matriarch stereotype) finds contradictory findings supporting and challenging the acceptance of the Black rapist of White women stereotype. Expand
Mapping the Intersections of Violence on Black Women's Sexual Health within the Jim Crow Geographies of Cincinnati Neighborhoods
Who will revere the Black woman? Who will keep our neighborhoods safe for Black innocent womanhood? Black womanhood is outraged and humiliated. Black womanhood cries for dignity and restitution andExpand
Differential perceptions of a hypothetical sexual assault survivor based on race and ethnicity: Exploring victim responsibility, trauma, and need for social support
Findings point to the significance of including race in discussions about and programs that address sexual assault on college campuses to ensure that all women who experience sexual violence receive the support that they need. Expand
The effects of self-protective behaviors on injury for African American women in domestic violence situations
The stereotype of the strong, independent, and invulnerable African American woman may have implications in violent intimate partner relationships. More specifically, one behavioral manifestation ofExpand
Intersectionality and Credibility in Child Sexual Assault Trials
Children remain largely absent from sociolegal scholarship on sexual violence. Taking an intersectional approach to the analysis of attorneys’ strategies during child sexual assault trials, thisExpand
Talking About Sexual Assault: Society's Response to Survivors
Sexual assault is a traumatic experience for any woman. Furthermore, many victims who tell others about their assault must endure a 'second assault' in the form of negative reactions, such as victimExpand


The Sociocultural Context of African American and White American Women's Rape
This paper examines historical factors related to African American women's rape and their disclosure patterns. It compares similarities and differences in incidents of attempted or completed rape inExpand
Counseling Adult Women Rape Survivors: Issues of Race, Ethnicity, and Class
This article reviews the literature on how race, ethnicity, and class influence a woman's vulnerability to rape, the meaning and impact of the rape, and the response of family, of community, and ofExpand
African American Women Survivors of Sexual Assault:: The Intersection of Race and Class
More attention has recently focused on the psychological experiences of women survivors of sexual assault. However, little work has examined the experiences of African American women survivors,Expand
  • J. Taylor
  • Medicine
  • Issues in mental health nursing
  • 2000
The role of therapeutic support groups in African American women's healing experience is foregrounded and how race and ethnicity shape the lives and the recovering process for many AfricanAmerican women is addressed. Expand
Multicultural perspectives on counseling survivors of rape
The dominant Euro-American culture is a rape-prone culture, as defined by Sanday. Within that culture, rape is both a tool and a consequence of interlocking systems of oppression based on race,Expand
Disclosure Patterns of Black Female Sexual Assault Survivors
Examination of disclosure patterns of Black female sexual assault survivors examines how survivors' awareness of their social location as Black women influences the likelihood of their reporting sexual victimization to family members, friends, criminal justice personnel, and/or helping professionals. Expand
Blacks' and whites' perceptions of interracial and intraracial date rape.
The prevalence of rape myths contributes to victims' reluctance to report rapes and biases in attitudes toward rape could keep women from reporting rapes and accused rapists from receiving fair trials. Expand
Rape and the Inner Lives of Black Women in the Middle West
  • D. C. Hine
  • Psychology
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1989
One of the most remarked upon but least analyzed themes in Black women's history deals with Black women's sexual vulnerability and powerlessness as victims of rape and domestic violence. Author HazelExpand
General and Culture-specific Factors Influencing African American Women's Reporting Patterns and Perceived Social Support Following Sexual Assault
Findings from this investigation offer some support suggesting that both general and culture-specific factors contribute to women's decision not to report the assault to police, to counter previous research suggesting that Black women and men are insensitive to sexual assault victims. Expand
During the highly publicized appeals trial of Mike Tyson, Black feminists launched an antirape campaign that included obtaining signatures in support of a full-page ad while simultaneously educatingExpand