Common performs during Common’s Let Love: An Expression Of Art, Words & Song on May 06, 2019 in New York City.
Photo: Ilya S. Savenok (Getty Images for Common’s Book Tour In New York)

Shame thrives in silence. With every word spoken, every narrative reclaimed, sexual abuse victims and survivors have found a renewed power.

In his new memoir, Let Love Have the Last Word, Common spoke about a topic that is often buried in silence amongst black men in the community — experiencing sexual assault.