Rosa Parks' Institute Upset At Attempted Rape RevelationIrin Carmon8/04/11 6:42pmFiled to: Rosa ParksCivil rights movementAfrican American WomenRapesexual AssaultRaceGettypic15EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe publication of parts of Rosa Parks' archive, specifically a letter in which she describes an attempted rape by her employer, has angered members of the Institute she founded. Parks wrote of the encounter, "I was trapped and helpless. I was hurt and sickened through with anger and disgust." (Previously it was described as an "essay," but ABC News calls it a "letter.") A lawyer for the institute says, "The fact is she didn't want the document to be disclosed. It's equivalent to looking through her diary or journal. … She never authorized any person to look through her private papers."