Thu, March 29, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Rape of Recy Taylor followed by Panel Discussion Moderated by “Sat On Her Case” Founders
The film screening and panel discussion is a benefit for Verity, a local organization that focuses on sexual assault and abuse, and will include a panel discussion on the topic of rape kits and how it’s possible that as a society we are not making justice against the perpetrators of sex crimes a high priority for every woman, child and member of our communities. It will give us a glimpse into better understanding the grave injustice that those among us can stoop to in the darkest hours of humankind. Recy Taylor refused to be silent, but many women fear coming forward and want to move on with their lives for many reasons, whether or not justice has been served burying their voices and silencing themselves. Our panel will discuss how we can address some of the issues surrounding the backlog of rape kits that we find here in our own communities and what we can do about it and what is being done.
Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.
Our film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.
More and more women are now speaking up after rape. Our film tells the story of black women who spoke up when danger was greatest; it was their noble efforts to take back their bodies that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and movements that followed. The 2017 Global March by Women is linked to their courage. From sexual aggression on ’40s southern streets to today’s college campuses and to the threatened right to choose, it is control of women’s bodies that powered the movement in Recy Taylor’s day and fuels our outrage today.
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