Every time I see a black woman I think about my mother and everything amazing she did to ensure I had a successful life. Without her, I wouldn’t be able to write this important article. As the popular saying goes, she was the epitome of “black girl magic.” She also isn’t much different from millions of other amazing black women who have been the backbone of their families. But if black women are so magic, then how come we aren’t protecting them?
Violence against black women is a growing epidemic, with spikes happening all over the country. Black women are constantly in the crosshairs of physical and mental abuse, usually by someone who claims to love them.
In a study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, more than 4 in 10 black women experience physical violence from an intimate partner during their lifetimes.
The study also found that more than 20% of black women are raped during their lifetimes – that’s more than any other ethnic group combined. Black women also struggle with psychological abuse at significantly higher rates when compared to their white counterparts.
According to the Violence Policy Center, black women were also three times more likely to be murdered in domestic abuse situations and 90% of black female victims know their killers.
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SOURCE: NewsOne, Bilal Morris