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NSVRC Blogs by Ali Mailen Perrotto

Reposted from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the NSVRC's parent organization. By Ali Mailen Perrotto and Kayla Houser.

From the perspective of the mainstream victim rights movement, law enforcement should serve as one tool to support the goals of justice and restoration after sexual violence. It’s one option that people who experience sexual violence have as they decide the next turn they will take on their path to healing. 

In the best of scenarios, a victim who chooses to make a report to law enforcement is believed, provided with options and choices, interviewed in a trauma-informed manner, and feels that the experience of was beneficial, regardless of the outcome. 

Back in December, former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw was convicted of multiple counts of rape, sexual battery and other charges. All of the 13 women who came forward to testify against him were Black.

Let’s begin with some groundwork. There are long-standing social systems that lead to the widespread oppression of certain groups of people. Actions and behaviors committed by a member of a dominant group exerting power and control over a traditionally oppressed group feed into the monstrous system of social inequity. We will not end any one form of social oppression until we end all of them. 

The short answer is, “no,”—but this blog is. 

For our final installment of the Black Feminist February series, I’m highlighting not one feminist, but a collective of feminist voices. You too can read what they have to say by visiting the blog, Black Girl Dangerous. 

Everybody’s talking about “50 Shades of Grey.” Like, literally, EVERYBODY. There’s a lot out there, so to help you sort through it all, I gathered sample responses and provided brief synopses. If nothing else, I think there are 2 things that we all can agree on:

February is Black History Month.

I spoke to literally no one who cared very much about the Super Bowl. The closest people came to caring was when they were talking about the food they were going to prepare. Even then, it was maybe with the same gusto as they would discuss Sunday dinner. 

So why the indifference? Why did my little neck of America feel so numb about what is arguably the biggest televised event of the year? Here are just a couple of my musings.