...Dr. Riché Richardson, a Public Voices Fellow and Mellon Diversity Fellow and associate professor in the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University, said the voices of the victims matter most and it’s not fair to make judgments about when women and girls report violations.
“Reasons that they do not report incidents vary, like their experiences, though reporting sooner can help make legal accountability more likely,” said Richardson, who authored the book, “Black Masculinity and the U.S. South: From Uncle Tom to Gangsta.”
“While the court of public opinion may also make an impact, public referenda on the choices of women and girls to remain silent are unfair and often aim to discredit their stories and end up victimizing women and girls further. No one has the right to do this,” she said.
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