Indigenous Solutions: The Importance of Cultural Advocacy

According to the National Institute of Justice (2016), more than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native women (84.3 percent) have experienced violence in their lifetime. This is a shockingly high number. Native American Survivors of sexual violence also are carrying a significantly high level of both historical trauma and multigenerational trauma. An advocate that is involved in crisis responses to Indigenous Survivors of sexual violence are critical early responders that can either enhance the opportunity for an Indigenous Survivor’s healing and recovery or can have little impact on this current trauma. This session will engage participants in developing an understanding of the importance of having Indigenous options for Native Survivors of sexual violence. We will explore together the prevalence of sexual violence experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native Survivors and why Indigenous solutions are critical as a crisis and long-term response for Native Survivors of sexual violence. We will also explore the importance of culturally centered/Indigenous centered response for laying the foundation for healing and recovery.

Presented by: IAFN’s FASTta Project

Speaker: Victoria Ybanez, Red Wind Consulting, Inc.

The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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