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INTRODUCTION This Special Collection is a new video resource initiative of the NIWRC, a project inspired by the national TED Talks: Ideas Worth Spreading. WAS Talks was launched and recorded during the June 2018 Women Are Sacred Conference. The special collection is developed to highlight the issues, resources and other suggestions by tribal survivors, advocates, researchers, legal community, social workers, law enforcement, community/family members, child welfare workers, philosophers, community leaders, politicians and tribal leaders. The Special Collection organizes fifteen women in attendance at the 2018 Women Are Sacred conference, who shared their stories, spoke their truth and healing. Our tribal...More Info >>
The 2019 Women Are Sacred calendar includes awareness months and days reflecting the safety for Native women movement along with beautiful color photographs, artwork and images. Awareness months and days include introductions, definitions and resources on Human Trafficking Awareness Month, National stalking Awareness Month, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Domestic Violence Awareness Month and International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Print Instructions: Send PDF to local or online printer for quality print...More Info >>
Understanding the scope of sexual assaults committed against American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) within the context of intimate partner relationships and supporting timely tribal government responses can help reduce the trauma experienced by Native victim survivors of sexual assault. This webinar will focus on historical and contemporary sexual violence experienced by AI/ANs and share policy recommendations focused on the intersection of sexual assault and the related crimes of domestic violence and other related issues and limitations faced by tribal nations. The webinar aims to reduce disparities in the response to sexual assault of tribal victims by increasing awareness of...More Info >>
Does your program or tribe need some help creating materials promoting non-violence against Native women and children? Review our current 19 x13in Posters and 11 x 3.5in Bumper Stickers that your organization can customize to fit your needs. All materials listed here are provided under this Creative Commons 4.0 Public Licence . We would love to know how these materials are being used, so please send us a link to your final products . You will need: Adobe Illustrator CS6 + Locate your own printing company (suggestions provided below). Pay for your own printing of materials. Customize Capabilities: Download this...More Info >>
Published on Oct 20, 2016 This video describes the findings of a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) supported study on the prevalence of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men. Specifically, the study provides estimates of sexual violence, physical violence by intimate partners, stalking, and psychological aggression by intimate partners over the lifetime of American Indian and Alaska Native women and men as well as victimization estimates over of the past year (based on 2010 data). It also provides estimates of interracial and intraracial victimizations and briefly examines the impact of violence. The results should be used...More Info >>
Treatment of Adult Sex Offenders Robert Prentky and Barbara Schwartz With contributions from Gail Burns-Smith The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the current state of sex offender treatment, with a focus on the question of the effectiveness of treatment. We begin by discussing some problems that arise in answering this question, followed by a brief discussion of the history of sex offender treatment, and a more in-depth discussion of studies that have looked at the effectiveness of treatment programs, most of which took place under markedly poor conditions (in highly restrictive prison environments). The larger...More Info >>
Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and sexual assault. This session will provide an in-depth examination of the mechanics of strangulation and suffocation from a legal and law enforcement perspective. */More Info >>
*/ Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and sexual assault. This session will provide an in-depth examination of the mechanics of strangulation and suffocation from a legal and law enforcement perspective.More Info >>
*/ A documentary about the Native American women raped in Indian reserves. This doc fails to address the colonial context that directly produces these high rape rates. With the Native people's forced cultural assimilation, mass kidnapping and brainwashing in colonial schools, also came the assimilation of western values -including patriarchal oppression- that sets the foundation for the suppression of the feminine. The Sioux nations featured in this presentation traditionally are, and have been a matriarchal culture. With crimes such as rape being non-existent. These "post" colonial high rape rates are a result of being colonized and demoralized, and expressed through...More Info >>
Alcohol and Sexual Violence Perpetration Antonia Abbey With Contributions from Lydia Guy Ortiz This paper summarizes the research literature that examines alcohol’s role in sexual violence perpetration. The first section provides estimates of the frequency with which alcohol consumption and sexual assault perpetration co-occur. After describing the criteria required to determine that one variable causes change in another, relevant experimental and survey research are critically reviewed. The final section includes suggestions for practitioners based on available scientific knowledge.More Info >>
Pornography and Sexual Violence Robert Jensen With contributions from Debbie Okrina Given the epidemic levels of sexual violence and the widespread availability of increasingly graphic pornography in the United States, it is not surprising that researchers and activists have tried to answer the question of whether there is a connection between men’s use of pornography and sexual violence. Since legal controls on sexually explicit material began to loosen dramatically in the 1970s and the issue attained a new visibility, a variety of different methods have been used to try to answer that question, or at least provide clues to the...More Info >>
Even in the 21st century, victim blaming is alive and well in Indian country. Just last year, an Indian Health Service (IHS) physician published a paper in which she recommended that victims be lumped into categories such as “unintentional game players” and “intentional game players.” She recommended these harsh labels “to shed light on the experience of domestic violence in many American Indian communities” (MacEachen, 2003, p. 126). Even more amazingly, MacEachen (2003) suggested that women with a history of child sexual abuse often “provoke rape and battery in order to satisfy [their] needs …” (p. 127). The stubborn persistence...More Info >>
Sexual Assault In Rural Communities Susan H. Lewis With contributions from Ellen Reed When sexually assaulted in a rural community, victims often find that opportunities for medical, legal or emotional services are very limited, or even nonexistent. Their economic situation and geographic isolation may further limit their options. Strong community ties in rural areas mean that a victim is more likely to be acquainted with the perpetrator than in urban settings. Finally, rural culture tends to be close-knit, self-contained, often conservative and unlikely to turn to “outsiders” for assistance. Together these characteristics result in low rates of reporting, limited opportunities...More Info >>