It found that 8 percent of female students reported they were in a gang at some point between sixth and tenth grades, compared with 13 percent of boys. I want to be known out here. Recently, law enforcement and community groups in the city have begun to turn their attention to the ways females participate in gang life. The Chicago Crime Commission, an organization of civic leaders that advocates for public safety initiatives, will now devote an entire section of its forthcoming The Gang Book to roles of female gang members, said commission lawyer Andrew Henning. The section will specifically focus on how female gang members acquire illegal guns and what roles they play in a city that has seen more than 2, people shot so far this year. The few people who do work directly with females in gangs said the roles are often misunderstood as little more than supportive to male gang members.
‘I did earn my name’
‘I did earn my name’
Gang members are exposed to unique sexual risks, yet little work has explored the influence of gang social norms. This study examines the functions and meanings of sex within gangs, with a specific focus on the ways in which sex is used to reinforce gang membership and norms, gender roles, and group cohesion. We conducted 58 semi-structured interviews with adolescent members of six gangs. Sexual risk behaviors within gangs are upheld and reinforced through unspoken norms and expectations. These high-risk sexual practices increase group cohesion and reinforce gender norms and power differences.
“Running Trains” and “Sexing-In”: The Functions of Sex Within Adolescent Gangs
A female former gang member has exposed the growing levels of sexual violence against young women who join them, saying that many are willing to risk being raped in return for the status of membership. Isha Nembhard, who was part of an strong gang in Peckham, south London , said some girls readily accepted that they would be sexually abused when associating with male gangs. The year-old said that the problem had reached a point where being raped was becoming "normalised" among many young women. They sleep with a boy and the boy asks if she will sleep with all his friends. Even if they know it's wrong, they will do anything to get acceptance," she said.
Gang members usually try to entice a girl, normally someone they know, into participating willingly in the initiation, Pippen said. In this case, he said, the girl apparently did not participate willingly but was too afraid to resist. The incident started while the girl was staying at the home of her year- old friend, a gang member, police said. They said the older girl tried to talk her friend into going outside for a walk. The girl was taken by her older friend and the gang members to a park where the rapes took place, he said.