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Approximately 346,830 Americans were victims. Only 28 percent of total sexual assaults and rapes were reported to law enforcement. This type of victimization is the least reported of all violent crimes. The causes for low reporting range from fear, little confidence that the attacker will be brought to justice, to the double victimization of having to relive the experience when explaining to law enforcement officials or in court proceedings. 4 percent of White women were victims of violent crimes.

Applied to Black males in subcultures that address themselves as “real niggas,” this interpersonal dialogue is needed for those having to handle themselves in a street-oriented environment. Hip-hop scholar Jeffery O. G. ” He states, “Fundamentally, a ‘real nigga’ refers to a tough urban black male who is intimately familiar with and willing to confront the many challenges of the ‘hood’” (6). 36 Black Masculinity in the Obama Era On the contrary, some Black males do not come from nonsupportive environments, nor are they participants in deviant activities.

The causes for low reporting range from fear, little confidence that the attacker will be brought to justice, to the double victimization of having to relive the experience when explaining to law enforcement officials or in court proceedings. 4 percent of White women were victims of violent crimes. Proportionally, Black women are victims of violent crimes more than any other racial and ethnic minority group. 4 Such national reports as NCVS and UCR show that Black women are less likely than White women to report acts of sexual assault and rape.

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