Author Hopes to Give Platform to Black Male Sex Abuse Victims

Wil Townsend’s friend called him one night with a story that changed his life forever.

The 12-year-old nephew of his friend’s wife had been babysitting their 6-year-old daughter for multiple weeks, but one night while bathing his daughter, Townsend’s friend noticed spotting in her underwear. After a serious investigation, his friend came to the realization that his wife’s nephew had been sexually abusing their daughter for quite some time.

While mainstream media constantly warns the public about the degradation and humiliation that females face as a result of sexual abuse, stories of sexually abused Black boys are often ignored because of apathy, stigmas and embarrassment.

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