The BRAVE Project

The Brave Project is Changing the Narrative of Child Sexual Abuse Awareness in Black and Ethnic Minority Communities.

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About The BRAVE Project

The most  common way people give up on their power is by thinking they don't have any."- Alice Walker

The BRAVE Project was created by  Angela Mott, the Founder of Matriiarch. During her time as a Director of Programs for an inner city Community Center, she discovered there were 152 registered sex offenders living within a 1-mile radius of the Youth Center where she worked at the time.


The goal of the project is to empower children to use their voice to speak up without shame against anyone who tries to victimize or has victimized them.


A large body of research suggests that intervention at the neighborhood level is likely to prevent child maltreatment. Using Darkness 2 Light curriculum, The BRAVE Project collaborates with schools and community centers to bring sexual abuse awareness education to students in grades 3-5.  The Brave Project also provides educational resources to parents and families through our community outreach programs.

 

Educational Awareness Resource Videos

 
 

Child Sexual Abuse is a widespread issue that can be found in every racial and ethnic group. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys in America are victimized.  While BRAVE serves to bring awareness to all children, studies show a huge disparity amongst Black and African-American girls. 60% of Black girls experience sexual assault by the time they reach 18 years of age, and for every Black woman that reports her sexual assault, there are at least 15 Black women who do not report their experiences of abuse. In addition to that disparity in the Black Community, approximately 22 percent to 29 percent of all child sexual abuse victims are male and the reluctance of boys to report abuse suggests the number may be even higher.

 
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