End Sexual Violence Against Native American and Alaska Native Women

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From Amnesty International USA:

The U.S. Department of Justice’s own statistics indicate that Native American and Alaska Native women are more than two and a half times more likely than women in the United States in general to be raped or sexually assaulted. In order to achieve justice, Native American victims of sexual violence frequently have to navigate a complex maze of federal, state, tribal and local law. In addition, the agencies responsible for responding to this violence are severely underfunded, and their services are far from adequate to ensure that required law enforcement and medical attention are supplied. More than one in three Native women will be raped in their lifetime. On April 22, Sarah Deer, Visiting Professor of Law at the William Mitchell College of Law, and also a member of AIUSA’s Native American and Alaska Native Advisory Council, testified before the same Sub-Committee in the first-ever hearing held specifically on Law Enforcement in Indian Country. With these recent testimonies fresh in the minds of those on Capitol Hill, we have a unique window of opportunity to pressure the appropriators to help end this epidemic of sexual violence.

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