Know that your unwavering stance whether in the courtroom, at home or in your heart is part of a long legacy of resistance by Black women survivors, warriors, healers and freedom fighters like Harriet Jacobs, Fannie Lou Hamer, Recy Taylor and Joan Little.
Our prayers are that you know and understand you did nothing to cause this violence against you. Know that no matter what our state, what we wear, what we said, what or how we drive, you did nothing to cause sexual violence against you. Despite all the rhetoric, we remain clear that you, that none of us deserve to be raped, ever. You and all of us should have the right to do as we please and still be safe, still exist and still thrive in environments that considers yours and our inherent value and where those bent on inflicting harm are stopped in their tracks. You, as the human being that you are, should always be honored. You bear no responsibility for any sexual violence against you and therefore, no matter what the public says or does not say, the burden is not yours.