Recovery Resources: People Of Color

Sometimes survivors who are people of color have specific adversities in overcoming sexual and domestic violence. For instance, a survivor of color may feel that s/he is betraying his/her community by reporting the violence. S/he may feel that the white mainstream will view the violence as "cultural". Reporting sexual or domestic violence is NOT a betrayal of your community, and sexual violence is unacceptable in any community. To paraphrase Ines Hernandez-Avila, a Chicana/Nez Perce scholar, an assaulter is an assaulter is an assaulter, "in whatever culture [s/he] is from, and in whatever language you might use to name [him/her]." It is important to remember to get help for yourself.

In our society, both racism and the attitude that non-Anglo cultures promote machismo are recurring attitudes. Dealing with these prejudices is difficult at all times, and even more so when trying to recover from sexual or domestic violence. If you are afraid that such assumptions might exist in "mainstream" rape and domestic violence services, you may want to find services specifically geared to survivors of your racial group or ethnicity. These services are available, both in the city of Chicago, and on the national level. (More information on those services is available here). Though most of these are domestic violence resources, they will be able to point you toward sexual violence groups that are specific for people of color.) Additionally, some services explicitly state that they have resources for survivors of color; they may be multilingual or have counselors-on-call of various ethnicities and races. 

If you think that you were targeted for sexual violence because of your race or ethnicity, you may have been a victim of a hate crime.