Understanding Racism and its Connection to Sexual and Domestic Violence

Understanding Racism and its Connection to Sexual and Domestic Violence

by Tori Vandelinde, Prevent Connect:

The Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP) released their free eLearning Unit “Exploring Intersections: A Primer on Racial Violence.” This primer is meant to introduce learners to racial dynamics in the United States. The course builds on understanding definitions of terms used in the racial justice movement to initiating action for white people to reduce the burden of racism and for people of color to take care of themselves.

Prevention practitioners in sexual and domestic violence are aware of the connection between racism and sexual and domestic violence. This includes the disproportionate rates of violence people of color experience, how the criminal justice system mass incarcerates and punishes more harshly people of color than white people, and how the movement to end sexual and domestic violence replicates oppression, power imbalances, and racism within mainstream and other organizations, to name a few connections.

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