S6E5 – Recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In this episode, Jenn and Daren highlight Sexual Assault and Prevention Month. In the first segment, Jenn shares how sexual assault is an unavoidable part of her Black Politics course, and Daren shares his experience watching the “Quiet On Set” documentary that exposes the mistreatment and abuse of child actors at Nickelodeon during the 1990’s.

In the second segment, Jenn and Daren dive deeper into this topic, explaining what constitutes sexual assault or harrassment. Daren shares troubling statistics about sexual assault and the pair talk about how the state and government are not setup to appropriately support and protect the most vulnerable of us. And it is no surprise when the current 2 candidates for U.S. President are known abusers. In the end, we all have a responsibility to hold each other accountable for abusing or harassing behavior.

In the third segment, Jenn and Daren discuss their personal experiences with sexual assault and harrassment. For Daren, he shared how this is a continual problem he faces as an asexual man, and Jenn shares how her most recent relationship ended due to her partner’s friend assaulting her and her partner not properly protecting them or addressing the issue.

If you or someone you know experienced sexual assault and is seeking resources, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or rainn.org.

Reference Material:
* National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) – https://www.nsvrc.org/statistics
* Fast Facts: Preventing Sexual Violence – ttps://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/fastfact.html
* The Not Rape Epidemic (Latoya Peterson) – https://deadwildroses.com/2014/03/19/the-not-rape-epidemic-latoya-peterson/
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Hardcover (Mikki Kendall) – https://amzn.to/4cTXd5b

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