With the release of the NFL’s annual “Year in Review” video last week, NFL players have been forced to talk about how much they’ve been affected by sexual assault on the field and in the locker room.
In the video, players are asked about how many women they’ve had to fight through on the football field, what they learned about being a man and how much it took to get out of a fight, and how they dealt with the backlash from their teammates and coaches.
But it’s not just the players who are sharing stories.
While there is a growing body of research that shows that the impact of sexual assault is more prevalent in black communities, the players’ conversations and the video make clear that the issue is far more widespread.
In a 2015 study of more than 400 women in the U.S. military, women of color who had been sexually assaulted reported higher rates of depression, anxiety and depression, which researchers concluded could be related to the trauma they endured, and lower rates of mental health care and social support.
But the video of the players sharing their stories was especially poignant, as it provided a unique look into the experiences of the black women who have experienced sexual assault, especially after the election of Donald Trump as president.
“The NFL is a great place to be,” the players say in the video.
“It is a safe place to play.
It is a place where we can be safe.
I don’t think there is anything more important to us than being a team and representing the country.
And we all want to represent this country.
But this is a time when we are all fighting for our safety and the safety of our teammates and our families.
I think we all have to be on the same page, but this is what I’ve learned as a woman. “
So, yes, there are people in our league who feel like there’s a lot of pressure on them.
I think we all have to be on the same page, but this is what I’ve learned as a woman.
There is no one that has to be afraid to be a woman in the NFL.
I have to have that confidence, and I have the courage to share that with my teammates, and it has helped me in so many ways.”