While more than 17 million women have been raped in their life, according to a Department of Justice 2006 report, American Indian women reported the highest numbers of rape of any other racial or ethnic group in the United States, at a rate 2.5 times higher than the national average. [...]You read that right. Most of the rapists of American Indian women and girls are white men. To me that indicates a high level of bigotry in both attitudes about who is seen as "asking for it" and who is seen as powerless to get justice.
Amnesty International, a worldwide human rights organization, has spent two years researching sexual assaults in urban and reservation areas. Amnesty officials have scheduled an April 24 press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The following day, organization leaders will release a report titled, "USA: Maze of Injustice - The Failure to Protect Indigenous Women from Sexual Violence." [...]
Tess Curley on Montana's Flathead Reservation is especially concerned at rising numbers of sexual assaults and at the age of victims. Thirty-three percent of women are raped between the ages of 12 and 17. [...]
The Cangleska shelter hired its first, full-time worker in February to work specifically with sexual assault victims on the Pine Ridge Reservation where women have had to drive 120 miles for aid in Rapid City, S.D., now ranked fourth in the nation for most rapes per capita. The shelter has since acquired rape kits to collect samples from victims and to fill out reports.
"In many of the cases they were raped in our border towns," said Rendon, referring to cities near the reservation. The U.S. Justice Department reports that the majority of violent crimes against American Indian women are committed by white men.
If the question is, "Who you gonna rape?" the answer needs to be, "Nobody."
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