As the benefits of slavery increased the profits of the European colonists, legal protections for Blacks within the colony became the exception to the rule.
Indians and Blacks, as well as their children, were prohibited by law from defending themselves against abuse, sexual and otherwise, at the hands of Whites.When she is fourteen or fifteen, her owner, or his sons, or the overseer, or perhaps all of them, begin to bribe her with presents.If these fail to accomplish their purpose, she is whipped and starved into submission to their will.” Jacobs’ account of the sexual violence endured by slave women is merely one of many.The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action calls for an international effort to eradicate sexual slavery as an abuse of human rights.The incidence of sexual slavery by country has been studied and tabulated by UNESCO, with the cooperation of various international agencies.
"Powerless against a lustful husband and blind to the harsh realities of chattel slavery, the enraged wife often vented her jealous rage upon the one person whom she could control, the black woman." English law governed the "American" English colonists. The English colonies adopted most of the components of English Law which included statutory rape provisions.