The Rape of Recy Taylor Movie Review – #RecyTaylor
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and as a mother, wife, daughter, and friend of victims of sexual assault/abuse, I think it is very important that we spread the importance of speaking up by sharing the story of Recy Taylor. Her story has been captured and shared in the film – The Rape of Recy Taylor. We are sharing this film and story with you in hopes that you will share it with those you know and possibly join the list of groups that have hosted screenings during Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March.)
About the Film
Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. A common occurrence in the Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who instead bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its rape investigator Rosa Parks to Alabama, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR exposes the legacy of physical abuse inflicted upon black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing fight for justice for countless women like Taylor. Parks’ 1955 bus boycott was the result of decades of activist work, not the beginning. More and more women are now speaking up after their assault. THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR shines a light on the black women who spoke up when danger was greatest; it was their noble efforts to reclaim control of their bodies that paved the way for today’s generation of activists. The 2017 Women’s March and the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement are directly linked to their courage.
The Rape of Recy Taylor is a story that needs to be shared until no one (woman or man) is a victim of sexual assault. You can get a copy of the film for viewing at home or you can share it with your group and/or community by hosting a screening of your own. Screenings can be for small women’s group of 12 or a large church or school group. Odyssey Impact provides all the materials and guidance you need to host a screening and lead a discussion after. All you need to provide is the space to hold the event and be willing to organize the screening and invite people. To host a screening or get more information about hosting visit their website HERE!
To get a sneak peak into the film, check out the trailer below and you can visit the official film website for more details including how to purchase a copy for yourself.
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