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A cautionary tale: 'The Rape of Recy Taylor'

A cautionary tale: 'The Rape of Recy Taylor'

When people wonder why it takes some women so long to come forward with their accounts of having been victims of sexual violence, the name Recy Taylor comes to mind. When one considers the courage it takes even now to name perpetrators — Hollywood moguls, state legislators, teachers — again the name Recy Taylor comes to mind.

Nearly seven decades after she was gang raped by a group of young white men, Recy Taylor regained some attention with the publication of Danielle McGuire’s 2010 book, “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance.” The story gained even more attention when Oprah Winfrey mentioned Taylor while accepting an award in Hollywood in January. In the...

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