Child Molestation Happens in the Black Community - Columbia University’s Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Breaks the Silence About Child Molestation

Author, speaker and sexual abuse survivor, Stephanie L. Jones, breaks the silence about child molestation in the Black community. She'll deliver keynote address at Columbia University's Delta Sigma Theta Rho Chapter's State of the Black Womanhood Week.

New York, NY, March 07, 2009 --( The women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Rho Chapter are celebrating this year's National Women's History Month by recognizing women's triumph over child molestation and sexual violence. Author, speaker and sexual abuse survivor, Stephanie L. Jones, will deliver the keynote address and share her powerful testimony of overcoming years of child molestation. The event will take place at Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Cinema, located at 116th and Broadway, on March 10th from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

“Child molestation has always been a problem in our community, and it’s even worse today than it was 10 or 20 years ago. We were just taught that ‘what happens in our house stays in our house.’ So, up until now, we were under a self-imposed gag order. Well, that gag order has been lifted,” says Jones.

Jones is the author of the bestselling book, The Enemy Between My Legs. With its release people around the world were shocked by the provocative title and her openness and honesty about her past abuse. Readers are allowed uninhibited access into the heart and soul of a sexual abuse survivor who endured over seven years of child molestation at the hands of different men in her family. It began when she was just five years old.

“Statistics show that one out three females are molested. That’s why teen pregnancy and abortion continues to be such a problem. It’s very challenging to tell young ladies to abstain from sex once they’ve been molested. I had been touched, kissed and fondled so much as a child that by 13-years-old, I didn’t want it to stop,” says Jones.

The State of Black Womanhood Week: Moving Beyond Violence and Pain to a Place of Healing and Strength also include panel discussions on black women in mainstream media, overcoming stress and depression, an HIV testing drive, and a scholarship ball.

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