exactly that

One in Three


That’s the number of Native American and Alaskan Native women who are like to be raped or otherwise sexually assaulted in their lifetime, according to Amnesty International.

The staggering numbers of Native and Aboriginal women who will suffer from violence is something I have written about before.  When I read reports, or go to briefs where I am told that domestic violence is something that transcends race I wonder if the people writing and reporting those statistics have ever looked at the numbers.  One in four women will be victims of domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault.  Women of Color and poor women are more likely to be victims of DV, but according to the Maize of Injustice (pdf), Native and Aboriginal women are three times as likely as any other minority group to suffer that violence.  I think it is important not to remove race from the issue of DV and sexual violence, b/c it shows us how race and poverty truly intersect w/ womanist/feminist fights.  It also helps us see that it isn’t the equal opportunity offender that some would have you believe.  Where race and poverty intersect you are going to find the levels of DV and SV higher.

We need to work harder as a unified front to help end this travesty.  We need to do more to get law enforcement to respond to reports of DV and SV on reservations and in marginalized neighborhoods.  We need laws that hold non-Native perpetrators accountable when they attack Native women, on and off the Reservation.  Not enough is being done, and it is time we stood up.

h/t to matttbastard via twitter.


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