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MPR: Confronting sexual violence against Native women

Minnesota Public Radio

The Beginning and End of Rape (Sarah Deer)Tribal nations across the state and the country are battling a host of social issues: alcoholism, homelessness, unemployment. But there's one issue, according to Sarah Deer, that needs to be addressed first: Rape.

"When we look at why people drink, or why people don't work, or why people are homeless — all of these social challenges that tribal governments have been struggling with often have at the backdrop rape," Deer said.

Deer is a professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, and a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma. She is a past recipient of the MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" and the author of "The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America."

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