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There Are No “Throwaway Women”: Black and Indigenous Women Disrupt Violence

How one community is undoing the silence around the violence women of color face.

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In the United States April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. On today’s show we’re exploring how some women have been dehumanized to the point of indifference. We’ll learn how one community is undoing the silence around the violence women of color face. We’ll also hear about how serial killers were able to hunt down mostly Black women for three decades in South Los Angeles. Then we’ll take you to the Yucatan where pregnant indigenous women struggle under a health care system failing to provide proper medical care. Thanks to the Mary Wohlford Foundation for funding towards this program.

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  • Rochelle Robinson, Making Contact Fellow
  • Kimberly Smith, community member attending Her Resilience mural project
  • Gabrielle Rae Travis, Her Resilience Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Margaret Prescod founder of Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of KPFK’s Sojourner Truth
  • Mirna Aracely Tuz Acosta, Safe Maternity for the Indigenous Population in East Yucatan
  • Neyi Amparo Cime Arceo, resident ] of Xanlah.


  • Contributing Producers: Rochelle Robinson and Karen Stefan Tenorio
  • Hosts + Show Producers: Laura Flynn and Jasmin Lopez
  • Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada
  • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Web Editor: Kwan Booth
  • Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin
  • Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker
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