Friday, June 17, 2016

Dr. Rosay presents at congressional briefing on his NIJ report on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men

Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, was one of the panelists giving a June 16 briefing to the U.S. Congress about the recent National Institute of Justice (NIJ) report: "Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey." Dr. Rosay is the author of the report.

Senator Lisa Murkowski commented on the importance of the report.  Other presenters included Terri Henry (Co-Chair, National Congress of American Indians Task Force on Violence Against Women; Board Chair, Indian Law Resource Center; Former Chairwoman, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians), Virginia Davis (Staff attorney, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)), Theresa Sheldon, Councilwoman (Tulalip Tribes of WA), Deborah Parker (Former Vice-Chair, Tulalip Tribes of WA), and Cherrah Giles (Board President, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center).

 Click here for Dr. Rosay's PowerPoint presentation at the briefing.

A video of the briefing will be available at a later date.  Watch the blog for details.

Key findings from the report:
More than 4 in 5 American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime. This includes:
      *56.1% who have experienced sexual violence, and
      *55.5% who have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner.
Among American Indian and Alaska Native victims, 90% of women and 85% of men have experienced sexual violence by an interracial intimate partner perpetrator.
The briefing was coordinated by the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC), the Indian Law Resource Center, and the National Congress of American Indians.

Group photo after the briefing l to r: Theresa Sheldon, Councilwoman, Tulalip Tribes; Cherrah Giles, NIWRC Board Chair; Deborah Parker, NIWRC Board Member; Leanne Guy, NIWRC Board Secretary; Wendy Schlater, NIWRC Board Treasurer; Carmen O’Leary, NIWRC Board Vice Chair; and Dr. André B. Rosay, Director, UAA Justice Center.