Young Women of Color and Exposure to Violence

Structural barriers are systemic challenges embedded in our culture, economy, and institutions that cause inequality. Produced by systems of power, they require large-scale investment and policy solutions to achieve meaningful change. In 2017, CLASP conducted focus groups* with young women of color to learn what structural barriers they encounter in daily life. This fact sheet includes insights from African-American, Gender Nonconforming, Latina and Native young women about experiences with violence. Uprooting exposure to violence and other structural barriers demands turning over the ground to reveal these root causes, partnering with young women of color to identify solutions, and seeding change in equitable ground.

This fact sheetwritten by Marlén Mendoza, Nia-West Bey, and Whitney Bunts—focuses on exposure to violence.