29 Nov '17, 9pm

1 in 3 Native women has been raped. 80% of assaults are committed by non-Native perpetrators.

1 in 3 Native women has been raped. 80% of assaults are committed by non-Native perpetrators.

Nellis Kennedy-Howard at the Washington D.C. Women’s March in January 2017 Like so many others, I recently took to social media to declare: #metoo - as part of a movement started by Tarana Burke in 1997 . I am one of billions of people who have experienced sexual harassment or assault. And I’m privileged enough to feel safe saying so in public. But as I scrolled through my newsfeed, I noticed something. Not everyone in my community seemed to feel that sense of safety on social media. I also saw some women struggling with the question of whether their experiences “count” as sexual harassment or assault. That’s rape culture in a nutshell - a culture that exposes women and people with marginalized identities to systemic sexual violence, and then leaves them questioning whether their experiences “count.” There were several women whose stories of sexual violence I have heard pe...

Full article: https://www.sierraclub.org/planet/2017/11/nativewomentoo

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