2019-08-23 11:38:30

Trump's rollback of the Violence Against Women Act hurts indigenous communities

Indigenous women and girls across the world face disproportionately high rates of violence and sexual assault.

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that 56% of Native American women will experience sexual assault or rape in their lifetimes.

But grassroots activists and people in indigenous communities say the true figure is closer to 80% or 90%, according to Christine Nobiss, director of Seeding Sovereignty's SHIFT Project.

Targeted attacks on indigenous women continue to be a major issue across the Americas, despite policy efforts to allocate resources specifically toward protecting Native American women and girls.

Nobiss says the Trump administration’s rollback of protections under the Violence Against Women Act is curbing progress toward ending attacks on indigenous women.

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