What difference does race make?: Sexual Violence and BAME Identity

How is a survivor’s experience different if she or he comes from a BAME community — or identifies as an ethnic or cultural minority? What additional challenges come from the intersection of sexual violence and ethnicity? Often the survivors we see in the British media are white, but gender-based violence affects all of society, and each demographic scenario can bring complications. Are certain cultures more willing to overlook marital rape? Does being BAME within British society make it harder to report, to be believed, to access the resources you need to recover — either from public authorities or from your own community? Or is gender-based violence too often written off as ‘part of that culture’ and something that can’t be fixed? This panel of specialists will attempt to answer some of these questions, drawing from their own experience as survivors or working in the field.