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Local activist says the Me Too movement is focusing on white women

A Halifax activist says an important demographic is being left out of the growing conversation about sexual violence. She says the Me Too movement is largely focused on white women.
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A Halifax activist says an important demographic is being left out of the growing conversation about sexual violence.

She says the Me Too movement is largely focused on white women.

El Jones says even though the movement was started by a black woman, white women have largely been at the forefront of the conversation.

Everyone regardless of race and class is susceptible to sexual violence, she says,

She says women of colour are both more likely to be targeted and are less likely to believed.

"Those stereotypes that come about black women's bodies: about our bodies being too curvy, about us being wild, about us having attitude. All of these things you hear about black women translate into saying 'well they can't really be raped'," said Jones. "They're not the same feminine women as white women, they're not delicate in the same ways, they're not women in the same ways. So that way that our humanity has been stripped from us means we also don't have our stories heard in the same way."

She adds that black women may feel unsure about contacting police because of discrimination within the judicial system.

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