By Beth E. Richie
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B, and women who dare to transgress geographic and [ 17 ] Introduction sexual boundaries like the New Jersey 4—in serious trouble. These women’s stories demand a reconsideration of the development and design of a social movement in which conservative state forces associated with a prison nation have disrupted its transformative potential and momentum for change. At the very least, thinking about the New Jersey 4’s trial, choices that women like Tanya are forced to make, and Ms. B’s experiences of state violence, offers us a way to broaden our understanding of violence against women of color and to problematize the evolution of anti-violence work in the United States.
This invisibility has positioned Black women’s experiences as marginal to anti-violence groups and community-based organizations which, in turn, have failed to address violence against women as a social or political priority. In the end, Black women in vulnerable positions within disadvantaged communities fall so far from the gaze that is now sympathetic to some women who experience violence that they have virtually no right to safety, protections, or [ 21 ] Introduction redress when they are victimized.
Introduction Indeed, there is no forensic evidence linking the woman’s knife to the injury because investigators did not deem forensic testing necessary. Eyewitnesses confirm that the young women acted in self-defense against a blatant anti-gay sexual attack, and that the fight became physical only after the young man’s violence escalated. Witnesses further reported that the men who intervened were, in fact, significantly more aggressive than the women who were defending themselves. The two young men who intervened are both white; the police never interviewed them.