SAVE WIYABI PROJECT
Save Wiyabi Project, Assiniboine for ‘Save Women’ is exactly what the mission is for Lauren Chief Elk and Jessa Rae Growing Thunder, the founders of Save Wiyabi Project. This project was created in response to the overwhelming and frightening statistics of violence towards Native American women.
And may we say, the statistics of violence towards Native American women are very overwhelming.
From SAVE WIYABI PROJECT’s stats, 1 out of 3 Native women will be raped, and 3 out of 4 will be physically assaulted.
Eighty-eight percent of the violence is perpetrated by non-Native men, and to make matters worse, Tribal courts have zero authority to prosecute them.
Here are the some of the most alarming statistics- The murder rate is 10 times the national average in United States for a Native American female.
Native women are more likely than any race/ethnicity per capita in the U.S. to be victims of violence and more likely to be stalked than any other group of women.
These stats are both overwhelming and surprising, yet nothing new. Native Americans in general have faced tough deals ever since the European assimilations, but Native women were always the victims. Due to the frightening facts and statistics, SAVE WIYABI PROJECT was created to help promote awareness to the pandemic of interpersonal violence, empower Native women all over the country and most importantly highlight legislations such as the Re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the SAVE Native Women Act.
The Re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the SAVE Native Women Act are two pieces of legislations that would greatly aid reservations and Native women who are victims of sexual and domestic violence.
SAVE WIYABI PROJECT requests you to please contact your Senators and encourage them to support both.
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