Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sexual Assault and Violence Against Native American Women & Girls

Please find below the link to a documentary on sexual assault and violence against Native American women and girls.  It was recommended by Kathy Sloan, who wears multiple hats within NOW as a NOW Board member, a member of the NOW Global Feminst Strategies and Issues Committee, and a NOW UN Representative.  


Kathy writes:
"As the U.S. Attorney in South Dakota states, Native American women are the most victimized group in the United States.  It is such a damning indictment to hear a young Native American man say that he learned from his father "Be a man, hit somebody."  Women on Indian reservations are completely powerless and there is near total impunity for the men who commit violence and sexual assault against women, as this documentary so starkly demonstrates.  The most heartbreaking statement of all from another young Native American man is:  "The government has put us into auto-pilot for self-destruction."
It is particularly important for those of us who work on behalf of dv and sexual assault victims to see this to be aware of just how horrendous the reality is for our Native American sisters."

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