Women’s group releases rape handbook for Native females

BY JAMI MURPHY
Former Reporter
05/03/2016 08:00 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
“What To Do When You Are Raped: An ABC Handbook For Native Girls” is the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center’s woman-to-woman, woman-to-girl, girl-to-girl response to sexual assault. COURTESY
LAKE ANDES, S.D. – The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center recently released its workbook for Native American females titled “What To Do When You Are Raped, An ABC Handbook For Native Girls.”

The book, Cherokee Nation citizen Pam Kingfisher said, is a resource aimed at answering questions women face following a sexual assault.

“From thinking through buying emergency contraception, to getting tested for STDS, to who to turn to for support,” she said.

Comanche Nation citizen Charon Asetoyer, who is also the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center’s CEO, said the book is a woman-to-woman, woman-to-girl, girl-to-girl community response in regards to sexual assault.

“Sharing with them, providing support, letting them know they are not alone. That this is not their fault and they shouldn’t blame themselves. The book instructs them on how to report if they choose to,” Asetoyer said. “It talks to them about going in for STD exam and also access to emergency contraceptive Plan B.”

Kingfisher and Asetoyer joined Elizabeth Black Bull and Donna Haukaas to co-write the book.

The book instructs them on how to report if they choose to. It talks to them about going in for STD exam and also access to emergency contraceptive Plan B.

Charon Asetoyer, Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center CEO
Asetoyer said she was asked by a young mother on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in Lake Andes what she should do if her daughter was raped. Asetoyer said that when a mother puts it as when, not if, her daughter is raped, there is a realization that the problem is worse than originally thought.

Asetoyer said the book sends a message to women and helps them realize it is not their fault.

“There are other women out there. You’re not alone, and turn to them for help,” she said.

Kingfisher said the project was personal and that she’s worked with Asetoyer on the book for about four years.

“I think it’s so important that we advocate for our health and for our women. As a young girl who was assaulted and didn’t know anything…and later became pregnant and was forced to give up a child for adoption, I didn’t know any of these things. Nobody talked. These conversations didn’t happen at the kitchen table or even around girlfriends,” Kingfisher said.

She added that she and Asetoyer, as well as other advocates fighting against sexual assault, want to make this issue real.

“For me it’s important that we serve that matriarchal role of being good aunties, being good grandmas, being big sisters and helping,” she said.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, one of the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organizations, during an American Indian or Alaskan woman’s lifetime she is at a 34.1 percent chance of suffering from rape or attempted rape, the most of any other race. And about 3 percent of American men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetimes.

The book is available for download at http://forwomen.org/resources/an-abc-handbook-for-native-girls/
Kingfisher said hardcopy bulk orders would be available in the future.

Women

• 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8 percent completed rape; 2.8 percent attempted rape).

• 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.

• 9 of every 10 rape victims were female in 2003.

Lifetime rate of rape/attempted rape for women by race:

All: 17.6 percent

White: 17.7 percent

Black: 18.8 percent

Asian Pacific Islander: 6.8 percent

American Indian/Alaskan: 34.1 percent

Mixed race: 24.4 percent

Men

• About 3 percent of American men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.

• From 1995-2010, 9 percent of rape and sexual assault victims were male.

• 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape.

Children

• 15 percent of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12.

• 29 percent are ages 12-17.

• 44 percent are under age 18.

• 80 percent are under age 30.

• Ages 12-34 are the highest-risk years.

• Girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

• 7 percent of girls in grades 5-8 and 12 percent of girls in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.

• 3 percent of boys grades 5-8 and 5 percent of boys in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.

• 82 percent of all juvenile victims are female.

• The year in a male’s life when he is most likely to be the victim of a sexual assault is age 4. A female’s year of greatest risk is age 14.

• 1 in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult.

• In 1995, local child protection service agencies identified 126,000 children who were victims of either substantiated or indicated sexual abuse.

• Of these, 75 percent were girls.

• Nearly 30 percent of child victims were between ages 4-7.

Every 8 minutes, Child Protective Service responds to a report of sexual abuse.

• 93 percent of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.

• 34.2 percent of attackers were family members.

• 58.7 percent were acquaintances.

• Only 7 percent of the perpetrators were strangers to the victim.

• For 80 percent of juvenile victims, the perpetrator was a parent. 6 percent were other relatives. 4 percent were unmarried partners of a parent. 5 percent were “other” (from siblings to strangers).

American Indians

• On average during 1992-2001, American Indians age 12 or older experienced annually an estimated 5,900 rapes or sexual assaults.

• American Indians were twice as likely to experience a rape/sexual assault compared to all races.

• Sexual violence makes up 5 percent of all violent crime committed against Indians (about the same as for other races).

• Offender/victim relationship: 41 percent stranger; 34 percent acquaintance; 25 percent intimate or family member.

Campus Sexual Violence

• Women 18-24 who are enrolled in college are 3 times more likely than women in general to suffer from sexual violence. Females of the same age who are not enrolled in college are 4 times more likely.

• Male college-aged students are 78 percent more likely than nonstudents to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.

• Female college-aged students are 20 percent less likely than nonstudents to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.

• Only 20 percent of female student survivors age 18-24 report to law enforcement. In comparison, 33 percent of female nonstudent survivors aged 18-24 report to law enforcement.

• 72 percent of campus law enforcement agencies have a staff member responsible for survivor response and assistance.

• 8 percent of all sexual assaults occur while victim is attending school.

Victims of sexual assault are:

3 times more likely to suffer from depression.

6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.

26 times more likely to abuse drugs.

4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.

The preceding statistics were taken from the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. To see these and other information regarding sexual assault, visit https://www.rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims.
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Lake Andes, S. D. – ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎠᏂᏱᎸ ᏄᏍᏗᏓᏅ ᏧᎾᏕᏲᏙᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎾᏞᎬ ᏚᏂᏲᏏ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎪᏪᎳᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᏚᏙᎥ “ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏯᏛᏗ ᎢᏳᏃ ᏳᎾᏓᏐᏢᎾ, ᎾᏍᎩ ABC ᎪᏪᎳᎾᎢ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎯᏯ ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᏧᏂᎪᎵᏱᏓ.”

ᎾᏍᎩ ᎪᏪᎵ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Pam Kingfisher ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ, ᎾᎿ ᎬᏙᏗ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎤᏂᎾᎢ ᎤᎬᏩᏢ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏬᎯᎵᏴᎡᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎤᎾᏛᏛᎮᏢᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᎦᏕᏯᏙᏔᎢ ᏱᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏥᏐᏢᏅ ᏱᎩ.

“ᏂᏛᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏩᎯᏍᏗ ᎬᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ STDS, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏗᏞ ᏩᎦᏙᏗ ᎬᏩᎾᏓᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᎠᏂᎧᎺᏥ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Charon Asetoyer, ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᎡᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎠᏂᎯ ᎠᏂᏱᎸ ᏄᏍᏗᏓᏅ ᏧᎾᏕᏲᏙᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ CEO, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᏯ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ, ᎠᎨᏯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᎬᏩᏂᏃᎮᏗ, ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᎬᏩᏂᏃᎮᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎬᏩᏂᏁᏤᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᎦᏕᏯᏙᏔᏅ ᏱᎩ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ.

“ᎥᏯᏙᎢᎲ ᎾᎿᎢ, ᏛᎦᎫᏍᏛᏁᎲ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏛᎧᏃᎯᏎᎲ ᎤᏅᏌ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᎾᎿ ᎤᏅᏌ ᎢᏳᏅᏂᏌᏓ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ Ꮭ ᎤᏅᏌ ᎤᎾᏓᎰᎯᏍᏙᏗ ᏱᎩ. ᎯᎠ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᎠᏎᎯᎭ ᏯᏛᏗ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᏅᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏚᏄᎩᏔᎾ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Asetoyer. “ᎤᏂᏃᎲᏎ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏗ Ꭴ.ᎩᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ STD ᎨᏥᎪᎵᏱᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎦᎨᏥᏁᏗ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᎤᏅᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ Plan B ᎠᏃᏎᎰᎢ.”

Kingerfisher ᎠᎴ Asetoyer ᎤᎾᏖᎳᏛ Elizabeth Black Bull ᎠᎴ Donna Haukaas ᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᏃᏪᎶᏗ ᎪᏪᎵ. Asetoyer ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᎨᏳᏣᏊ ᎤᏓᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᎯ Yankton Sioux Reservation ᎾᎿ Lake Andes ᎢᏳᏛᏗ ᎢᏳᏃ ᎤᏪᏥ ᎠᎨᏳᏣ ᏯᏥᏐᏢᎾ. Asetoyer ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏯᏓᏥ ᏱᏄᏪᏏ ᎾᎿᎢ, Ꮭ ᎢᏳᏃ, ᎤᏪᏥ ᎠᎨᏯ ᏯᏥᏐᏢᎾ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏨᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏃᏒᎾ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎾᏃ ᎣᎵᏍᎬᎢ.

Asetoyer ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎧᏃᎮᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎨᏯ ᎬᏩᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏩᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᎤᏩᏌ ᎢᏳᏩᏂᏌᏓ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎨᏒᎢ.

“ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎲ. ᏝᏃ ᏨᏌ ᏱᎩ, ᎠᎴ ᏫᏣᎦᏙᏗ ᎬᏩᎾᏓᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

Kingerfisher ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᏥᎾᎾᏛᏁ ᎤᏅᏌᏊ ᎤᎾᏅᏛ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏧᎳ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎢᏧᎳ Asetoyer ᎾᎿ ᎯᎠ ᎪᏪᎵᎢ ᏯᏛᎾ ᏅᎩ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ.

“ᎨᎵᏍᎬ ᎢᎦᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎩᏂᎳᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏗᏰᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎦᏤᎵ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᎳ ᎠᏛᏍᎩ ᎠᎨᏳᏣ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏥᏐᏢᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ Ꮭ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏳᏅᏖᎢ…… ᎠᎴ ᎣᏂᏴ ᎤᏩᏌ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎨᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏓᎧᏁᏗ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᏲᏟ, Ꮭ ᏯᏆᏅᏖ ᎯᎠ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ. Ꮭ ᎩᎶ ᏱᎦᏬᏂᏍᎪᎢ. ᎯᎠ ᏦᏥᏬᏂ Ꮭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏴᏗ ᎦᏍᎩᎸ ᏲᏥᏁ ᎠᎴ ᏦᎦᎵ ᎨᏒ ᏱᎨᏎᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Kingerfisher.

ᎤᏁᏉᎥᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏩᏌ ᎠᎴ Asetoyer, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏗᏗᏂᎳᏕᏗ ᎢᏗᏍᎦᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᏓᎾᏕᏯᏙᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᎾᏍᏊᎴ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ, ᎾᎿ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏙᎯᏳᎢ.

“ᎠᏯᏃ ᎨᏒ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎢᎬᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎢᎩᎲ ᏗᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎢᏗᎨᏯ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏙᏍᏓ ᎢᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏕᎦᏓᏠᎩᏴᎢ, ᎣᏍᏓ ᏗᎩᎵᏌ, ᏗᎦᏘᏂᏓ ᏕᏓᏓᎸᎢᏴ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏗᏍᏕᎸᏗᏱ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᏚᎾᏙᎵᏤᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏕᎨᏥᏐᏢᏍᎬᎢ, ᎤᏲ ᏂᎨᎬᏁᎲ ᎠᎴ ᏏᏓᏁᎸᏊ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᏓᎾᏕᏯᏙᏗᏍᎬ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᏧᎾᏚᏓᎵ, ᏌᏊ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏭᏔᏅ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᎩ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎨᎦᏕᏯᏙᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎸᎯᏙ, ᎾᎯᏳ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎴᏍᎧ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏙᎲ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᏃᏊ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏦᏍᎪᎯᏅᎩ. ᏌᏊ percent ᎤᏝᏅᏓ ᎤᏂᎩᏟᏲᎢᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎨᏥᏐᏢᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏁᎶᏛᏗᎢ, ᏭᎪᏛ ᎾᏃ ᏄᎾᏓᎴ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯᎢ. ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᏦᎢ percent ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᎦᏙᎲᏒ ᎤᎾᏁᎶᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏅᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᏚᏂᏐᏈᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎴᏂᎰᎲᎢ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ.

ᎯᎠ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏕᎦᏁᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᎳᏓᎪᏗ ᎦᏢᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎿ http://forwomen.org/resources/an-abc-handbook-for-native-girls/

Kingerfisher ᎠᏗᏍᎬ hardcopy ᎤᎪᏓ ᏗᎬᏓᏅᏍᏗ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎾᏞᎬ ᎠᏟᎢᎵᏒᎢ.

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