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Native American/Native Alaskan Women Suffer Epidemic Rape


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Kat
- 2034 days ago - uprisingradio.org
A Congressional subcommittee held a hearing yesterday featuring testimony by a leading expert on sexual violence against Indigenous women in the U.S. Charon Asetoyer, executive director of the Native Women's Health Resource Center...



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kat yazzie (400)
Friday March 27, 2009, 4:45 am
HERE IS THE STORY:

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Native American/Native Alaskan Women Suffer Epidemic Rape

A Congressional subcommittee held a hearing yesterday featuring testimony by a leading expert on sexual violence against Indigenous women in the U.S.

Charon Asetoyer, executive director of the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center addressed a disturbing epidemic of sexual violence affecting one out of three Native American and Alaska Native women and stressed the need to create Sexual assault Nurse Examiner programs in all Indian Health Service hospitals.

According to the US Dept. of Justice’s own statistics, Native American and Alaska Native women are nearly three times more likely to be raped than women in the US in general.

Too often Native American victims of rape have to go through a maze of federal, state, tribal and local laws to achieve any justice at all, while the agencies responsible for seeking justice on their behalf are severely underfunded and inadequate.

Federal law limits the criminal sentences that tribal courts can impose and prohibits tribal courts from trying non-Indian suspects – even though data collected by the Department of Justice shows that up to 86% of perpetrators are non-Indian.

 

charles mclachlan (1674)
Friday March 27, 2009, 5:02 am
hi noted thanks kat for running this ,and this is terrible and has to stop have to all protest this to protest to president obama in person ,and put rapist in prison for life a personly would hang them .
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 27, 2009, 5:14 am
This is terrible....thank you,Kat,for sharing...
 

Pamylle G. (462)
Friday March 27, 2009, 5:32 am
It's time to look at this nasty cocktail of racism & sexism which as been going on for a couple of centuries !
 

charles mclachlan (1674)
Friday March 27, 2009, 5:38 am
hi forward this to the moon and back this has got to stop now and make these baspay for these crul horribl crimes against these poor native women .thanks again kat ,
 

kat yazzie (400)
Friday March 27, 2009, 5:54 am
HERE IS A LINK TO MORE INFORMATION ON THIS SUBJECT:

http://www.tribal-institute.org/
 

Laurie W. (189)
Friday March 27, 2009, 6:32 am
There is on the average at least 2-3 cases of rape or sexual assaults to a minor every week in the surrounding counties here..This is not about racism as the violators are Native...it's no longer the time to bury one's head in the sand but call the crimes for what they are...acts of violence.
 

kat yazzie (400)
Friday March 27, 2009, 7:12 am
data collected by the Department of Justice shows that up to 86% of perpetrators are non-Indian.
 

Stephen Hill (640)
Friday March 27, 2009, 7:16 am
Kat, my dear Native sister. Thank you for this info and all that you do for the Native Americans cause!

Wado!!! Stephen
 

Faith M. (167)
Friday March 27, 2009, 7:52 am
Noted while muttering things I cannot print here regarding the lack of heart and common sence in regards to this outragereprinted below

Too often Native American victims of rape have to go through a maze of federal, state, tribal and local laws to achieve any justice at all, while the agencies responsible for seeking justice on their behalf are severely underfunded and inadequate.

Federal law limits the criminal sentences that tribal courts can impose and prohibits tribal courts from trying non-Indian suspects – even though data collected by the Department of Justice shows that up to 86% of perpetrators are non-Indian.

Muter-mutter mutter!!!!!!
 

Dandelion G. (379)
Friday March 27, 2009, 8:01 am
It is an acto of violence and hard enough for these women to proceed in life let alone having to go through a maze of federal, state, tribal and local laws. Many do not have the strength do follow through with this for so little punishment many times. This is why so many rapes continue by men of all races, most know they will get away with it. The Native American woman suffers in such a higher degree than all others in so many ways. The poverty, rapes, lack of opportunities, limited health care, the list goes on, is very very sad and tragic.
 

Ginna G. (0)
Friday March 27, 2009, 8:53 am
About 86% of the perpetrators are non-indian?!?!?!
We NEED to protect the victims, not the perps!

This is terrible. Something needs to be done!
 

Pamela Salomon (255)
Friday March 27, 2009, 10:16 am
Thank you for sharing this with all of us. This has happen to me too. My tribe did nothing. I was to afraid to go to the state or local police. I totally understand how these women feel. It happens more then you think.
 

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Friday March 27, 2009, 10:18 am
Noted with deep shame for being human.
Rape should be severe punished, as a felony, because this is so disgusting and there is so much evil hidden in this crime.
No mercy with rapists, NO excuse is acceptable!!
 

Leigh B. (211)
Friday March 27, 2009, 11:02 am
This subject to to horrific to fathom. Emailed Diane Feinstein for help on this dire situation.
 

BernadetteP P. (72)
Friday March 27, 2009, 11:56 am
this horrible and this women should be helped.
 

Marie Therese F. (34)
Friday March 27, 2009, 12:33 pm
I am shocked ! Us whites didn't we made enough bad to Natives ? We are In the 21th century and the tortures and racism and aparthead is still used ! I am white myself and not proud to be ! Let's hope a mixed blood new President will make something to stop considering Native Americans like an apart ethny . I thought USA was the country of freedom !
 

Theresa M. (0)
Friday March 27, 2009, 12:58 pm
Welcome to the land of Palin...
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 27, 2009, 1:12 pm
Some of you express anger at the government or the "ehite" society. Your anger should be focused against the people who try to subjugate their victioms. Rape is an act of power over another person. To achieve results, everyone should voice their opinion with their Congressmen and Senators.
Tribal traditions are hard to overcome in the Native American and Alaskan communities. Just as in many Muslim cultures, it is difficult for a woman to report a rape. Many times the woman is the one who is punished. It is wrong but one individual cannot change these injustices. Where is the petition to help bring about a change to this travesty.
 

Raffi LidoRoiz (312)
Friday March 27, 2009, 1:24 pm
There is the physical rape and then the mental rape and the ongoing process of destruction that accompanies the many levels of assault here-it is not about the physical but the entire being-the spirit and soul are battered and it is like a tattoo that cannot be erased.

I am one who knows what rape is -I'm in intensive therapy for it-this is an abomination and having too much experience with this I know how helpless they feel-I did not report my assault because when it happened the word rape did not exist much less the rights of women-and yet-still the world over these crimes against the being that is woman are committed and the victim is always to blame...or unable to justify that violation. Thank you Kat-yes, where is the petition, indeed and where is the closure for these hapless women?
 

Dometria Lanauze (6)
Friday March 27, 2009, 1:34 pm
Unfortunately, this is similar to the situation which occurs all across Canada and here in British Columbia.
Sadly, It is a world wide endemic practice of the ruling Patriarchial societies, upon all indigenous women, silently condoned by world leaders(mostly male, if you 've noticed), who care more their own agendas than honouring all women like us, who give and nurture life. Peace in Our Quest For truth
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Friday March 27, 2009, 1:40 pm
What I find sickening is that the victim get the blame that she provoked the rapist. This is absurd, then why do children get raped???????
 

Joan Mclaughlin (133)
Friday March 27, 2009, 2:41 pm
It is the same story,woman are woman.No person deserves this.But the victim shouldn't suffer more.The suffering should be the perp.A rapist is a rapist no matter where it happens.They should be convicted.I never could understand why some men think that this ok to do.Also why do some cultures condone this?
 

Teresa del Castillo (1519)
Friday March 27, 2009, 3:01 pm
noted and sad
 

Jenny Dooley (830)
Friday March 27, 2009, 5:56 pm
Thanks for the story. Very sad.
 

sue M. (184)
Friday March 27, 2009, 7:45 pm
Well, we can thank Psychiatry for the continuance of racism through their studies and profiling and thank our well elected idiots we put in office for not caring about the people who gave them the job.
This is OUR fault for not speaking up and demanding justice for all and keeping them in office.
They do not work for us, they work for their own gain!
 

Monica B. (157)
Friday March 27, 2009, 10:23 pm
Horrible.Noted.The world has to know about this.Let justice be done!Thank you,Kat,for letting us know!
 

RC Sihag (12)
Friday March 27, 2009, 11:10 pm
This is barbaric and does not behove to a civilized society.This should be condemned and State should take all corrective measures to stop such undesirable activity.
 

Charlie L. (29)
Saturday March 28, 2009, 12:36 am
Sadly noted. Thanks Kat.
 

Marthe B. (9)
Sunday March 29, 2009, 12:37 am
Thank you for sharing the sad reality of being a native American,another fact proving that native Americans dont have the same rights than the others,hoping that the new president has a plan to resolve this injustice
 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 30, 2009, 2:33 am
Rape is a Crime against Humanity; Rape of a member of a colonized ethnic group (Native Americans, Australian Aborigines and their sisters - and brothers, since men are also victims of this crime - in other polities) by one of the colonists doubly so.

Rapists should be impaled!
 

. (0)
Monday March 30, 2009, 8:26 am
sadly noted
 

Past Member (0)
Monday March 30, 2009, 7:43 pm
Thank you... I am going to post this to my blog tomorrow in the Native News Stories post...

http://ojibwaymigisibineshii.blogspot.com
 
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