From One Survivor to Another

September 14, 2011
“American Indians suffer from the most serious health problems in the U.S. On reservations, American Indians have a life expectancy of 47 years. The tuberculosis rate for Natives is 533 percent higher than the national average; the accident mortality rate 425 higher; the infant mortality rate 81 percent higher; the sudden infant death syndrome rate 310 percent higher; the alcoholism rate 579 percent higher; the diabetes rate 249 percent higher; and the suicide rate 190 percent higher than the national average.”

Andrea Smith, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide

To add to this: 1 in 3 Native American Women will face sexual violence in their lifetime. This is much higher than national estimates of 1 in 4 or 1 in 6 for other groups of women. And, unlike other racial groups (which have assailants of the same race), the majority of assailants are white men.

 
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