It's estimated that 60% of black girls are molested as children. SIXTY PERCENT. It could be even more because a lot of cases aren't reported.
This situation and how it affects black girls was addressed in great detail in the award winning Showtime documentary Dreamcatcher. It follows the life of a former sex worker who has committed her life to helping young girls and women avoid prostitution.
And what you quickly find while watching the program is that pretty much ALL of the girls who choose to sell their bodies were molested as little girls -- as young as 4.
Some people act as if black girls are naturally promiscuous and can't help themselves, but the reality of the situation is that MANY of them are having their innocence taken from them at a VERY young age by grown men.
Think about it -- after you had your very first sexual experience, didn't it make the decision to have sex again and again much easier? Well we're talking about young, underdeveloped kids losing their virginity to rape. They are powerless and placed into a "rock or a hard place" situation until they're 18.
What I want to know is when will the black community hold these molesters more accountable for their actions instead of putting all of the weight on the girls?
One of the most damaging parts of being molested and raped for these girls is being victimized and no one cares. Not even their mothers. Their mothers look at this as some type of "rite of passage" instead of going to bat for their daughters so that the cycle can be broken.
If you've ever been victimized, think about how it makes you feel when nobody cares, nobody believes you and nobody does anything about it. It happened to me once (a violent encounter by a security guard that the police refused to pursue) and it contributed to a major bout of depression. It changed my life and how I looked at people as well as authorities.
So imagine what these young girls feel when everybody stays hush hush and continues to protect these molester men? These molesters must feel so comfortable doing what they do to young girls, because there are so many cases of this going on.
Does the Black Community Need "Molester Catchers?"
There are plenty of programs, like the Dreamcatchers, to help young girls who are victims, but where are the programs that hold molester men more accountable for their crimes? These girls need advocates who they can call when they don't feel comfortable with a particular man in their home around them. They need advocates who will understand the child's fear of being separated from their families. There needs to be a reliable way to remove these molester men from the community for good.
Maybe a movement to fund anti-rape condoms for young girls will help? I find that a worthy cause for donating money. That way these deviants can be caught red-handed and finally have a reason to think twice before pursuing a young black girl.
There also needs to be more intense counseling of the mothers, who would rather have the company of a molester man than to defend and protect their little girls. And we all know how much the black community has a natural proclivity to defending men at any cost (including the cost of the health and welfare of its girls).
All it takes is one generation to BREAK that cycle and instill self-esteem.
More Solutions, Time for Action
Where are the solutions that address getting these molester men off the streets and out of the homes of these young black girls? That's what's needed in addition to programs like Dreamcatcher -- stop the nonsense from both ends of the spectrum, beginning to end. Hopefully this Showtime documentary, and the question of this post (when will the black community hold molester men accountable) will start a wave of positive change.