Nwando Ofokansi and Claire McVicker

Unrapable: Racism, Hypersexualization, and Sexual Assault in Black Communities

Nwando Ofokansi and Claire McVicker

Unrapable: Racism, Hypersexualization, and Sexual Assault in Black Communities
nofokansi@kbep.org

Biography

Nwando Ofokansi graduated from Boston College with a degree in Sociology, Philosophy, and African & African Diaspora Studies. She is the College Programs Coordinator at the Katie Brown Educational Program, a relationship violence prevention program. Her background is in youth development, community development, and health promotion. She uses intersectionality and critical-race feminism to unravel the impact of culture, identity, and oppression on health outcomes.

Claire Spaulding McVicker, the Executive Director of the Katie Brown Educational Program, has over thirteen years of experience in the fields of youth development, education, and program management. Mrs. McVicker holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Providence College, a Masters of Arts in Women’s Studies from Southern Connecticut State University, and is pursuing a graduate certificate in Executive Leadership from Bryant University.

Workshop Title: Unrapable: Racism, Hypersexualization, and Sexual Assault in Black Communities

Workshop Description: How do racism and sexism impact sexual assault within Black communities? The oppression and monolithic representations faced by Black communities, coupled with commodification and hypersexualization render Black women vulnerable to victimization and shamed into silence. To prevent and better respond to the sexual assault of Black women, the impacts of racism and sexism on both Black women and men must be acknowledged.

Workshop Time: Session III in Multicultural Student Services Center Hardge Forum Room 100