Violence Against Native Women
Government reports have found that Native women are 2.5 times more likely to become victims of sexual violence than non-Native women in the United States, and one in three Native women will be raped during her lifetime. Widespread human rights abuses within the judicial system and the maze of the complex interrelation of federal, state, and tribal jurisdictions often allows perpetrators to act with impunity and evade justice and keep Native women from receiving adequate legal protection. Additionally, inadequate funding of health care and other programs leave Native women without needed physical and psychological support after surviving sexual violence.
- Maze of Injustice: The Failure to Protect Indigenous Women From Sexual Violence in the USA: Amnesty International reports on their 2007 findings regarding violence against women living on reservations.
- Addressing Epidemic of Sexual Violence Against Native Women in US: Amnesty International reports on a 2011 Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on protecting native women in the U.S.
- The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center is the self-proclaimed leading pathfinder in the country in addressing Indigenous women’s reproductive health and justice issues
- Pretty Bird Woman House: A shelter and education program on Standing Rock Reservation.
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Last updated on Thursday, August 25, 2011.
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