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Trauma & Mental Health

Do No Harm: Reflecting on a Legacy of Pain for Black Women and Girls in the United States

by | Mar 19, 2020 | Adultification Bias

Isiuwa Omoigui As the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality reported in 2017, “compared to white girls of the same age (i.e. age range of five to 14), adults perceive...

Why Sexual Assault Survivors Of Color Need Their Own Spaces To Heal

by | Dec 10, 2019 | Adultification Bias

Research has found the “strong black woman” stereotypes can have significant consequences for black women’s mental health, including higher likelihood of depression and a lower likelihood of seeking out help. A...

Raped, Then Thrown in Jail: A Teen’s ‘Abuse-to-Prison Pipeline’

by | Sep 26, 2019 | Adultification Bias

As the co-author of a groundbreaking 2015 report on sexual trauma and juvenile justice, Epstein’s one of the country’s leading experts on the issue. “In many ways, this case is...

Half of black girls report being sexually coerced. There are ways we can help protect them.

by | Aug 16, 2019 | Trauma & Mental Health

When you are devalued you are disposable. A study by the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality shows that adults view black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than...

Cyntoia Brown, Now Free From Prison, Says She Wants To Help Other Victims Of Abuse

by | Aug 07, 2019 | Trauma & Mental Health

The rate of girls in the juvenile justice system is increasing, according to a 2015 report Vafa coauthored with researchers from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality and the...

13 sex trafficking statistics that explain the enormity of the global sex trade

by | Jul 29, 2019 | Trauma & Mental Health

In recent years, a pipeline from the foster care system to trafficking has gained attention. A report from the Human Rights Project for Girls, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality...

For Poor Young Women of Color, Failure Has A Whole Other Meaning

by | May 29, 2019 | Trauma & Mental Health

, Girls who try to improve their situation by leaving the home they share with their abuser often find themselves arrested for running away or truancy, which a 2015 report by...

Naomi Wadler Continues Her Activism for Black Girls One Year After Walkouts

by | Feb 28, 2019 | Adultification Bias

12-year-old activist Naomi Wadler came into the spotlight after speaking out for Black girls at the March for our Lives — her advocacy for young women like herself has only expanded...

Reclaiming Black Girlhood with Hand Games

by | Jan 22, 2019 | Trauma & Mental Health

“We’re trying to change the master narrative around black girls being loud, mean, promiscuous, and defiant,” says Halyard. “We want to flip that question of, ‘What is wrong with you?’ to...

Cyntoia Brown, R. Kelly and the refusal to recognize black and brown female victims

by | Jan 11, 2019 | Trauma & Mental Health

A highly-cited paper from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, Human Rights Project for Girls and Ms. Foundation for Women titled “The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline,” found “that...