Black Women : African-American girls in low-income, high-crime neighborhoods experience threats, objectification

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    African-American girls in high-risk neighborhoods report encounters with aggression and sexual objectification, according to Georgia State University researchers

    In a recent study published in the journal
    School Psychology Forum, African-American girls in the fifth, sixth and seventh grades shared their experiences with strained relationships, recurring violence, internalized stereotypes and objectifying sexual activities.

    "We've reported similar themes in previous work, but these participants who met in a transitional housing afterschool program reported more distress and victimization than students in our prior research," said Ann Cale Kruger, lead author of the study and associate professor in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State. "When repeated, these experiences could normalize aggression and objectification and challenge the formation of a coherent, positive identity. These threats to their wellbeing place them at risk for unhealthy consequences, including commercial sexual exploitation."

    The study's findings are crucial for creating preventive interventions specific to the needs of youth at risk for the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), a lucrative crime for adults who force children into prostitution, pornography, stripping or trafficking for sexual purposes. CSEC is a problem in the Atlanta area, and the typical victim is a 12-to-13-year-old African-American girl who lives in a low-income neighborhood.

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