CONTEXT + RESOURCES
Did you know that the majority of children being sexually exploited in the U.S. are African American girls? And 83% are U.S. citizens? Mainstream news outlets, legislators and even activists have ignored the relationship between race, poverty, and the intersectional risk black girls and women face of being recruited into commercial sexual exploitation.
African Americans constitute 13.2% of the U.S. population, yet black girls account for nearly 62% of minors arrested for “prostitution.” Centering black girl’s and women’s intersectional risk of gender based violence, racism and classism is vital to effectively defining and addressing the epidemic of domestic sex trafficking.
We are making this film to connect the personal, modern and historical experiences of black girls and women in America. And bring their stories where they belong - at the forefront of human rights, civil rights and women’s rights conversations in America. Still I Rise explores modern day sex trafficking as part of a continuum of oppression that began with the trans-Atlantic slave trade, when black girls and women were considered property and had no legal recourse to being raped. Interviews with scholars such as Kimberle Crenshaw and Dr. Nikki Jones serve to provide vital socio-political context to the disproportionate impacts sexual exploitation continues to have on black communities throughout the United States.
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Research + Reports:
The Sexual Abuse To Prison Pipeline: A Girls' Story by Human Rights Project for Girls, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, & Ms. Foundation for Women
Sex Trafficking of Children in the United States: Overview and Issues for Congress (2011) by Congressional Research Service
Building Child Welfare Response to Child Trafficking by the International Organization for Adolescents and Loyola University Center for the Human Rights of Children
*Resources are provided for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Still I Rise.