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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:19 PM

Sexual violence is tearing Native American communities apart

Sexual violence is tearing Native American communities apart
One in three Native American women report they have been raped. More needs to be done to bring perpetrators to justice

Lauren Wolfe and Lauren Chief Elk
The Northern Cheyenne people have a saying: "A nation is not defeated until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it's finished. No matter how brave its warriors, or how strong its weapons." Well, we are pretty sure that for much of the Native American community, the nation is near defeat.

What else can we say when one out of every three Native American women report they have been raped, or that an attempt has been made to sexually brutalise them? That is more than 2.5 times the national average. And if you think those numbers are staggering, consider who is carrying out these attacks: at least 86% of sexual assaults are reportedly being perpetrated by non-Native men, according to the US department of justice.

We don't think about such massive sexual assault rates happening in industrialised places like the US. We think about them as war crimes happening in downtrodden, developing countries. But here we have rates of sexualised violence that rival anything the Women's Media Center project Women Under Siege has documented in Sudan or the Democratic Republic of Congo, where, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, 12% of women say they've been raped in their lifetime.

A culture of remarkably high impunity is also thriving. The justice department reports that it makes arrests in merely 13% of the sexual assaults reported by Native women. That comparees with 32% for white women, according to the New York Times. Native women are also not reporting crimes, because they trust that nothing will be done in the terrible knot that is the tribal lands' jurisdictional confusion (between tribal courts and the federal government), and a combination of racism, a lack of victim services, and not enough police. Whatever's going on, justice is not taking root.



http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/08/sexual-violence-native-american-communities?INTCMP=SRCH

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:54 PM

1. And yet the fucking Republicans don't think we are worthy of protection under the

Violence Against Women Act. There are no words to describe how loathesome the Republican Party is. I used to use the GOP shorthand, but I just can't anymore. It stands for "Grand Old Party", but there is nothing grand about it. They're just old haters and they disgust me beyond words.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:07 AM

2. Incredible isn't it?

To quote my husband (whole stole it from someone else) Republicans are a disease.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:42 AM

3. Yes they are

and we are the cure.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:44 AM

4. yes. this is the horrible outrage with what the repugs are doing with native american women.

they are so often consistent with slap across the face of all women. but this, offensively a beat down. this has got to be talked about outloud. but, i do not hear this clarification being made on why the repugs are fighting this bill.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:07 PM

5. Thanks for posting

Living in New England I guess I am sheltered from the Racism that permits such an environment to be possible. Reads like something that might of happened in the South a hundred years ago to another demographic of women.

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