Three mishandled cases of sexual harassment in which Black female students were totally ignored by their schools
Sexual harassment became a part of daily life for Black school girls who experience sexual taunts from their peers, mostly boys, on daily basis. Black female students are subjected to more public and violent harassment than their White counterparts.
What is even more worrying is the fact that the incidents, including sexual harassment and abuse at school are not treated as a serious crime.
According to three federal complaints filed with the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the New York City Education Department doesn’t show much sympathy with the Black victims who suffered at the hands of White boys. Rather, in each case it was implied that sexual harassment was the fault of its female victim.
The complaints recently filed by Carrie Goldberg, a lawyer in Brooklyn, on behalf of three girls and their mothers, prove that.
In one case, a 15-year-old girl was forced to perform oral sex on two boys while five others were watching. The assistant principal stated that the sex “was a consensual act not forced”, which led to the female student’s 6 days suspension.
The second case is about a 13-year-old girl, who was punched in the genitals by a male student. As a result, the girl was struggling more than a month to transfer to a new school since her auditions were repeatedly ignored.
The third case includes an 8th grade girl who was video recorded while sodomized and the video was spread around the students. The student was left to deal with gossip alone.
There are two main reasons why the Education Department gave up on those girls. They are Black and the racist attackers know they are not going to be charged. Simple as that. Education administrators will continue to cover up the wrongdoings of their White students. However, black people can’t remain silent about what their children undergo when at school. All sexual abuse cases should be reported. Don’t be afraid to speak the truth to achieve justice.
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