Dr. Treva Lindsey highlights Black women's decades-long anti-rape activism to contextualize Bill Cosby conviction

Black feminist scholar Dr. Treva B. Lindsey places the Bill Cosby rape conviction alongside a continuum of Black women's anti-rape activism in her April 26, 2018 article for Vox.com

[...] "it’s important to recognize that years of black women’s anti-rape and anti-sexual assault activism have helped produce our current robust national conversation about sexual violence. It may not be a full moment of reckoning just yet, but the tireless organizing of black women has made it possible for us to have more productive conversations about rape culture and the meaning of consent.

Long before the Bill Cosby trial, black women were at the forefront of anti-rape activism.

There is a decades-long modern history of black women’s anti-rape activism. Anti-rape activists such as Rosa Parks are part of a long tradition of black women advocating for the victims/survivors of sexual violence. Contemporary anti-sexual violence activism is deeply and directly indebted to the formation of organizations such as A Long Walk Home, Black Women’s Blueprint, INCITE Women of Color of Against Violence, and We Are the 44% Coalition. These groups center on the experiences of women of color while providing tools and strategies for ending sexual violence against all people."[...]

Dr. Lindsey also lifts up NO! The Rape Documentary and the #MuteRKelly campaign as mediums that Black women have used and are using to hold perpetrators accountable for the sexual violence they committed.

Click here to read the article in its entirety. 

Vox article on Black women's anti-rape activism