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No Justice Yet For Jim Crow Gang Rape Survivor

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It's been nearly 70 years since Recy Taylor, now 91, was gang-raped by a group of white men. Her case was eventually taken up by Rosa Parks, but the confessed perpetrators were never punished. Taylor recently told the Root, "I should have talked more about it too myself. At the time, I didn't want nobody to think something like that happened to me. I thought folks were going to talk about me and say, 'You was raped.' I was ashamed of it, and I didn't know how to go about talking about it."

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Everyone should check out "At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance - A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power," which details Recy Taylor's story. The magazine I work for reviewed it and I couldn't help but read it during my breaks. It's incredible (though sadly not surprising) how much work these women did during the Civil Rights Movement and how much goes unheralded. And how far left we have to go. I think the author even said that Recy Taylor had to live in the same town with her rapists for most of her life, and might still be.