WARNING: Due to the sensitive nature ofthis topic, pseudonyms weresubstituted foractualnames, toprotectthevictims andtheirfamilies. Moreover, explicit sexual language is displayed throughout portions ofthis commentary, reminiscent ofthetheme.
ChaosofRealms: UnravelingIncestintheAfrican-American Community
I remember the first time Ifelttotally helpless.I was five and my teenage cousin was raping me. Lying there, all I rememberwere the posters on the wall, colorful and strange images that distracted me from what was taking place.
As my eyes darted around the room, I couldn’t understand what was happening or why it was happening, butI knewthat it was wrong. Thus, as my cousin hovered above me, groaningwithpleasure, all I could think was, what did Ido to deserve this?
-TinaD- Incest Survivor -
Much of the history regarding incestin the African-American community starts with the misguided assumption that such behavior is uncommon. However, Melba Wilson, a victim of sexual abuse and author of Crossing the Boundary: Black Women Survive Incest, saysthis heinous crime “occurs as it does in all other cultures, but no one wants to talk about it.”In researching this commentary, certain hypothesis will be presented, that may prove instrumental in unraveling this recognizable but rarely talked about topic. These areas include:
Fortunately, each subtext can be presented in different ways, dependingon which data one looks at and how that data is interpreted. As thisarticledemonstrates, there are many aspects of the Incest Abnormality.Therefore, it is difficult to determine whether the inclusion of facts, candid dialogue, and actual case histories will result in the changing of attitudes on behalf of the African-American community and researchers of Euroamerican origin who’ve traditionally excluded Blacks from childhood sexual abuse studies. Thisexpose is an attempt to review the existingdataand draw conclusions. In obtaining a better understanding ofBlacks and Incest, it is essential that all factors, good, bad and indifferent are brought to the surface and looked at honestly, in comparison to similar articleswhich focus solely on the psychological impact.