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How Recy Taylor Spoke Out Against Her Rape, Decades Before #MeToo

Monday, January 08, 2018

"During her walk home from church one evening in 1944 in Abbeville, Ala., Recy Taylor was forcefully taken into the woods by six white men and then raped multiple times.

Afterward the men took her back to town, but threatened to kill her if she told anyone what happened.

But Taylor's story was shared, and when people at the NAACP heard about it they sent out an activist, Rosa Parks, to investigate.

Despite the rapists being identified, and at least one man's confession to the crimes, none were ever punished.

...'Decades before the women's movement, decades before there were speak-outs or anyone saying 'me too,' Recy Taylor testified about her assault to people who could very easily have killed her — who tried to kill her,' [historian Danielle] McGuire says. 'If she could do that then, with all of that risk and terror surrounding her, then we all need to stand up and say — when we have to — me too.'"

Read the full article here.