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The rape crisis among California’s farm workers

A woman struggling with the aftermath of rape and violence. (Image: DoiDam 10, via Shutterstock)

Of all the state’s residents, California’s 265,000 female farm workers are among the most vulnerable when it comes to sexual assault and rape. Farm worker survivors of sexual assault and those who are there to help them, California’s rape crisis centers, face many obstacles: survivors’ lack of English proficiency, immigration status, nature of employment, fear of employer retaliation, and distrust of authorities.

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