The Children of Combahee Oral History Project
Children of Combahee is a newly founded project, funded by the Just Beginnings Collaborative, that mobilizes against child sexual abuse (CSA) in Black churches. Our oral history project seeks to chronicle the voices of black survivors of child sexual abuse, especially within faith communities, in an attempt to raise awareness and actively work to end child sexual abuse. An ongoing study by Black Women's Blueprint shows that 60% of Black women and girls are raped before the age of 18, and national statistics suggest that 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted. However, we believe that these numbers do not fully capture the epidemic that is child sexual abuse, and we would like to collect survivor narratives in order to comprehensively understand CSA and strategize ways of preventing it from happening to other children.

Your participation in the Children of Combahee Oral History project is voluntary. We ask that you submit your name only if you'd like, given that we do accept anonymous submissions. In order to participate, you must be 18 years of age. If you are under the age of 18 and are facing and/or have faced child sexual abuse, please reach out to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s CyberTipline at 1 (800) 843-5678 or call local authorities at 911.

If you'd like for your story to be recorded and added to our Oral History archive, please email or indicate so at the end of the survey.

Thank you for your participation and support of this project!
Electronic Consent (Clicking on the "agree" button below indicates that: You have read the above information, you voluntarily agree to participate, you are at least 18 years of age.) *
Zip Code *
How old are you? *
Gender *
Race/Ethnicity *
How would you define child sexual abuse? *
Were you sexually assaulted as a child? *
Was the person who sexually assaulted you Black? *
Was the person who sexually assaulted you a member of the black church? (i.e. clergy, layperson, etc.) *
Age or Each Age When Assault Occurred? *
Please speak your truth and tell us what happened to you. Your story matters to us. *
Have you ever sexually assaulted a child? or anyone? *
If you answered "yes" or "unsure" to the above question, what actions have you taken since then?
In your opinion, how do we end child sexual abuse in black communities and in black churches? *
Would you like to have your story recorded as part of our oral history project? *
If you said yes to the oral history recording, please provide us with your email and phone number:
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