The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault stands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and its mission to change the course of history and create a just future free of racism. We denounce racism in all its forms - both overt and subtle, individual, and systemic - and re-commit ourselves as an actively anti-racist organization seeking justice for all people.
Within our areas of advocacy to end all forms of sexual violence, we recognize that Black and Indigenous women who are victims of these crimes receive less police protection, less interventions, fewer prosecutions of their assaulter, and less assistance from family, friends, and their communities. Given what we know about the frequency of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and exploitation, suggesting that these disproportionate outcomes are not linked to institutional racism is both impossible and incredible. We raise our voice like many other coalitions in support.