Kharoll-Ann Souffrant

2016 TFHA Alum

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Social Worker, Consultant, Part-time lecturer, Doctoral candidate, Public speaker, Columnist, Author.

In recent years, Kharoll-Ann Souffrant has become particularly known for her activism against sexual violence against women and for promotion of mental health. She has been a sought after speaker since 2015. Kharoll-Ann is regularly called upon to participate in the media on themes relating to her areas of expertise. She is a freelance columnist for multiple Quebec media, the author of the book, Le privilège de dénoncer, published in 2022 with Les Éditions du remue-ménage, and is a lecturer at Université de Montréal and at the University of Ottawa.

For her commitment, Kharoll-Ann has received some twenty community and university awards including the Young Woman of Distinction award from the YWCA of Montreal and the Relève award from the Order of Social Workers of Québec. She was named one of the most distinguished personalities of 2016 by the Journal de Montréal and ELLE Québec magazine. Winner of Black History Month in 2020, Kharoll-Ann was included in a list of 100 Black women to watch across the country published on the occasion of the Canada International Black Women Event. She was an Action Canada Fellow for 2020/21

Kharoll-Ann received a Fulbright student award! Read more here.

Le privilège de dénoncer explores why Black women and girls are largely absent from the public debate when it comes to sexual violence. Kharoll-Ann Souffrant candidly explores the historical reasons for this observation using examples from Quebec, France, and the United States. Between the current impacts of colonization and slavery, the stereotypes linked to the sexuality of Black people, as well as the flaws of the criminal justice system, the author assembles the pieces of the puzzle to reveal the dynamics at play behind the marginalization of Afro-descendant women. Would the words of black survivors be doubly invisible, both by patriarchal institutions and by a certain white and liberal feminism which has monopolized the #MeToo movement? An invitation to immediately broaden our understanding of sexual and racist violence, for the benefit of all society.

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