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AAPI Survivors | Denim Isn’t Always Denim

Since 2019, there has been a 339% increase in hate crimes against AAPI people. Two-thirds of these crimes have been against women. AAPI women experience violence that is gendered, racialized, and sexualized. Our culture has consistently portrayed Asian women as inherently sexual while simultaneously portraying them as weak. We see these stereotypes in media and we can even track them historically. But more importantly, these stereotypes become dangerous to AAPI women in their daily lives. 23% of AAPI women have experienced some form of sexual assault. But a world that sees AAPI women as stereotypes is not a world that believes these women when they disclose their sexual assaults. For AAPI survivors #DeminIsn’tAlwaysDenim, sometimes, denim is societal stereotypes.

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