|The countless stories of Black women and girls being killed or made unsafe at the hands of police officers who use excessive force has frequently gone unnoticed. Black girls have been made unsafe in schools where instead of fostering a supportive and compassionate educational environment, they are six times more likely to be suspended than White girls and become victims in the school to prison pipeline. Black women and girls are unsafe in their homes and continue to suffer from high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition, the perception of Black women and girls in the media perpetuates negative images and reinforces the idea that Black women are oversexualized and are essentially, not rape-able. Testimony at the hearing will provide background on why this continues to be the case, and suggest policy recommendations to provide better protections for Black women and girls.