Chicago Professor Empowers Black Girls In Relationships With Strategies For Safety Amid Rising Intimate Partner Violence

by Gee NY
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In light of alarming statistics revealing a surge in intimate partner violence, particularly affecting Black women and girls, an activist offers empowering strategies for Black girls in relationships to stay safe.

The focus of the strategies by Natasha Crooks, an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is on fostering awareness, autonomy, and protection.

The op-ed by the Assistant Professor, who is also a Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project sheds light on the urgent need for Black girls to prioritize their safety while navigating relationships.

With insights from a 2020 study, the op-ed highlights the socialization process where Black women feel empowered by protecting Black men, and calls to mind the importance of finding a balance that ensures personal safety.

As intimate partner violence continues to disproportionately impact Black women, the op-ed provides practical guidance for Black girls, encouraging them to recognize signs of abuse.

The op-ed published in The Fulcrum also invites Black women and girls to prioritize their well-being and seek support when needed.

Crooks underscores the significance of breaking the cycle of silence and fostering a culture of open dialogue to address the broader issue of intimate partner violence.

Amid this call to action, the op-ed acknowledges the potential barriers and stigma associated with seeking help, offering insights into empowering tools like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for protection against HIV.

Crooks’ take on the issue aims to inspire and equip Black girls with the knowledge and resources to stay safe in relationships while navigating the complexities of intimate partner violence.

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