Native Women and Sexual Violence, The Lasting Effects of Colonization

For Indigenous People’s Day we’d like to call to attention that, “It is well documented through oral tradition that prior to the European invasion, sexual and domestic violence was not accepted and virtually did not exist in indigenous society”.

Our hearts ache for indigenous people and the human rights violations that they continue to endure. Today, we would like to bring awareness to sexual assault within native communities, which is more prominent than any other community in the United States but has the least legal protection.  It’s so common, they’ve even written a graphic novel “What to do when you’re RAPED: An ABC handbook for Native Girls” that you can download for free here. 

Native American mothers are no longer asking what to do “if” their daughters are raped, but “when”.   Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault crimes than all other races in the US. More than one in three Native American women report having been raped during their lifetime. The perpetrators in at least 86% of the cases reported to the US Department of Justice are non-Indian men. “Non-Indian offenders had the feeling they could do what they wanted to because there was no way they would be prosecuted.”

We stand with Native Americans in their fight against the effects of colonization that permeate throughout their communities today. We stand with Native American survivors of sexual assault and call on authorities to grant indigenous women greater legal protections. 

 

Resources:

http://www.nativeshop.org/news-110/787-what-to-do-when-you-are-raped-graphic-novel-released.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/17/native-american-rape-reservations-sex-assault

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/sep/08/sexual-violence-native-american-communities

 

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