How does the concept of culture affect how sexual abuse is dealt with, reported and further stigmatised in diaspora groups?
Shehnal Amin, Associate in the Farrer & Co Race Equality Taskforce within the Safeguarding Unit, raises important questions around the issues of disclosing abuse in minority communities, and examines what needs to change to protect those at risk.
Shehnal speaks to Pragna Patel, Founding Member and Director of the Southall Black Sisters, who provides expert insight into what roadblocks and community expectations are keeping ethnic minority victims in abusive circumstances, and what educational efforts are necessary to affect change.
Bindu Bansinath, Writer and Assistant Editor at Harper’s Magazine, also joins the conversation to share her experiences of reporting abuse, the anxiety of choosing her safety over the ‘collective’ in doing so, and the power that the lack of sexual education in minority communities gives to an abuser.
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