Amita Swadhin: “I agreed to testify because it’s really important for there to be public record that there was resistance to his nomination both from the grassroots along with our allies who are elected officials.”
We spoke to co-organizer Jodeen Olguín-Tayler about why it was important to bring together a multiracial group of women—including sexual assault survivors—to protest the Republican presidential nominee.
In the run up to “The Birth of a Nation’s” premiere this Friday, director Nate Parker addressed his infamous 1999 rape trial in two separate television interviews, declaring his innocence and his desire to shift attention toward the film.
The White House Council on Women and Girls also collaborated with other agencies and organizations to create a toolkit to teach administrators trauma-informed approaches to handling discipline and sexual assault.
Revived focus on a 17-year-old sexual assault case involving Parker and his “The Birth of a Nation” co-writer Jean Celestin—and the revelation that their accuser took her own life in 2012—has initiated a public conversation about rape and race.
Banks, a former football player who served six years in prison after being convicted for a now-recanted sexual assault, spoke to the New York Daily News about how the ex-Stanford University student’s lenient sentence embodies White privilege.