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“A lot of institutions and systems require black women to suffer silently to maintain themselves,” said Salamishah, 44, a co-founder of ALWH. “The requirement that black girls and black women have to suffer silently as a part of being a member of the community, as part of being an American citizen, it’s such an expectation … and we then take that on, and there’s so many repercussions, like healthwise, to our silence.”

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