How abusers get away with targeting Indian women

http://www.salon.com/2012/12/13/how_abusers_get_away_with_targeting_indian_women/

"We have serial rapists on the reservation — that are non-Indian — because they know they can get away with it," said Charon Asetoyer, executive director of the Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center in Lake Andes, S.D. "Many of these cases just get dropped. Nothing happens. And they know they're free to hurt again."Asetoyer was talking about the loophole that prevents tribal authorities, who have jurisdiction over crimes committed on Indian territory by Indians, from having any authority over non-Indian male abusers. That's despite the fact that non-Indian men account for an estimated 80 percent of rapes of Indian women, and that the astronomical rate of abuse of Indian women is well documented by the federal government.Continue Reading…

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