Lost Innocence:
The Adultification of Black Children

A series by Anissa Durham

Anissa is the health data journalist for Word In Black. She reports on healthcare inequities in the Black community.

Shamari White, 26, poses for portraits at Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X park in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2023. White experienced suicidal ideation and self-harm due to bullying and sexualization in middle school. (Maen Hammad/Word In Black)

Why Do We View Black Girls as Sex Objects? 

Black girls are so often viewed as sex objects that the blame is shifted to the girls being sexualized instead of the adults.