At age five my mother would braid my hair and tell me I was her beautiful baby girl.
At age eleven my friends were all worried about the right clothes to buy, and that their mother wouldn’t let them wear make-up.
At age sixteen I kissed the boy who tasted like cigaret smoke and stopped eating so maybe my mother would start to call me beautiful again.
At age eighteen I bleed out on the bathroom floor after the boy I loved slept with my best friend.
At age nineteen I picked up my shattered pieces and mended my cracked ribs without the words or love of the people who broke me.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer was charged Friday with 16 counts including first-degree rape and sexual battery after being accused of assaulting at least eight women while on patrol.
Daniel Holtzclaw, 27, also faces charges of forcible oral sodomy and indecent exposure. Holtzclaw, a former standout football player in high school and college, was arrested Aug. 21. He remained in custody on a $5 million cash bond Friday, according to jail records.
He is accused of stopping women, who were all black and between the ages of 34 and 58, while on duty in Oklahoma City. Prosecutors allege that he raped two women and either fondled others or forced them to expose themselves, and police said there may be more victims.
"Former standout football player in high school and college"
"He only assaulted older Black women"
*39 people raise over $7,000 to defend him*
Alternatively titled: how we discuss and treat white male criminals (rapists) in the United States