Dark Secrets: Sexual Abuse in African American Families

With many sexual abuse survivors such as Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey and CNN correspondant Don Lemon being vocal about their stories of sexual abuse, it is still an issue that is often overlooked and regarded with shame amongst the African American community.

Award-winning health journalist, bestselling author and coach for sexual abuse survivors, Sylvia Coleman provides facts on sexual abuse and ways to identify sexual abuse taking place within your own home in a special report for BET.com.

One out of four women and one out of sex men suffer from sexual abuse, with 3.3 million women and 1.9 million men affected within the American American community. These daunting statistics bring the issue of sexual abuse to the forefront, which has roots dated back as early as slavery, but often swept under the rug in our community making it a problem well into the 21st century.

Who is most effected? Children and the elderly, those in low income neighborhoods and with 93% percent of predators being someone that the child knows, it’s common for victims to be relatives, family acquaintances or living with their abuser.

Watch the video below and visit Sylvia Coleman’s website to learn more information on sexual abuse and how you can help stop it.