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    Posted November 8, 2015 by
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    "At school, I say I should be good in bed to be black"

    The student Monique Evelle suffered prejudice as a woman and black. Now, helps to recover infringir girls

    A black princess, free curly hair and always won in the end - which does not necessarily meant to marry the prince. That was the main character of the stories Monique Evelle heard when the child's mother. The mother turned the traditional stories of princesses to comfort her daughter, who came home upset. "I always had a lot nickname on the street and at school for my curly hair. My mother wore the princesses to give me power to react to the prejudice suffered on the street because of my hair, "says the 21 year old founder of the Social Desabafo network, which works with social education and training, especially young blacks, in 22 states.

    Monique lives in Northeast Amaralina neighborhood, outskirts of Salvador. Home mother and daughter already retired father security building, good grades in school gave him the opportunity to study in the best schools of the city, always a scholarship. "I studied in several white spots, and every time I tried to put my problems as a black woman from the periphery was impossible to make them understand," he says. In the corridors of the music school at age 14, she heard that, being black, should be "good in bed".

    At 12 years old he was walking along the beach of Amaralina beach with her mother, a man shouted "hot" for the girl. "I froze and my mother came running to defend myself by saying that I was a child and that it was absurd. After that my mother said I would still receive much praise in my life - some nice, and many like that - and I need to react, he could not keep quiet because it was wrong, "he says. Monique remembers seeing his mother being a victim of this type of harassment through the streets of Salvador. "When stalkers saw that my father stood, I sought excuses for him. She was angry and would charge the offender that apologies were addressed to her, "he says.

    The harassment continued into adulthood. In the 2013 Carnival in Salvador, Monique followed by a street when he was pulled by a man. "He cornered me in a car trying to kiss me strength. He said that if I was not available would not be there, "says Monique. Were long minutes trying to extricate the abuser until a friend, like a miracle, appeared. "The guy even apologized to my friend, believing that it was my boyfriend," she says.

    A year later, in 2014, when he was studying the first half of politics and culture management in the Federal University of Bahia, he suffered another assault. "I took a bus and sat next to a white man, tall. He put his hand on my thigh and began stroking me. I got up and slapped his face screaming, "said Monique. Screaming of "Are you crazy?" And "You should be arrested!" The man got up to leave, but Monique, the top of its 1.64 blocked the passage of cowering big guy. All the buses were on top of him shouting "abuser" and "rapist". "When they started moving to lynch the man, I got out of facing him get away," says Monique. The attacker escaped unpunished, and Monique stood there with that aggression to cope alone.
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