Cultural Abuse Among Caribbean Women: An Interrogation Of Krystal Sital’s Secrets We Kept


Chavonne Ray, Junior, Psychology, College of Arts and Letters
Imani Hilliard, Freshman, Undecided, College of Arts and Letters
Tatyana Dunchie, Sophomore, Business Administration, Metropolitan College of Professional Studies

Faculty Mentor(s):

Dr. Marsha Rhee, Johnson C. Smith University




In Secrets We Kept, by Trinidadian author Krystal Sital, audiences learn the details of the lives of three Trinidadian women who are faced with forms of abuse from men–including fathers, husbands, and any other communal male-female relationships. According to ongoing scholarship related to the lives of women living in the Caribbean, Caribbean women face many hardships due to the culture of the dominance of men. In Caribbean culture, men are allowed to take control over their women and dominate them without being looked at wrongly for it. This has led to many cases of abuse in the home and abuse of power. This is an epidemic that has been secretive due to the severe consequences that women face if they speak out. Abuse against Caribbean women is normalized in the Caribbean culture. It is important that this topic brings awareness to individuals so that women in or from the Caribbean can become comfortable with opening up about experiences related to abuse. In this research project, team researchers take a deep dive into the cultural abuse among Caribbean women and its generational impact. Using primary and secondary accounts of physical violence against women in the Caribbean along with recent peer-reviewed scholarship on domestic violence, team researchers highlight the violence encountered by Caribbean women–from the trans-Atlantic slave trade to present day–and the financial, the physiological and physical fallout of such violence on these women.


3 thoughts on “Cultural Abuse Among Caribbean Women: An Interrogation Of Krystal Sital’s Secrets We Kept”

  1. Aria Springfield

    Really Awesome! This research can also expose patterns in male-dominant behaviors in multiple countries and cultures.

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