Indian Country Today Media Network: On Sarah Deer's new book
American Indian and Alaska Native women are raped at a rate three to 10 times greater than the national average. Sarah Deer, Mvskoke, an attorney and professor of law who has worked for 20 years to end violence against women, says changing this statistic should be the number one priority of tribal governments because rape is a direct and serious threat to tribal sovereignty.
Deer’s most recent book,The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America,will be published this fall by the University of Minnesota Press.
In an interview with ICTMN, Deer explains, “Native people suffer from a high rate of social ills—drug abuse and addiction, as well as mental and physical health challenges. Experiencing rape has been shown to increase rates of lung disease, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, obesity.”