Thursday, March 26, 2015

400 stories stitched together create statement on violence against Native women

Tens of thousands of Native American women, who are sexually assaulted 2.5 times as often as any other ethnic or racial group, have been unable to prosecute their perpetrators because of US policy for decades. The 2013 Violence Against Women Act began to address this injustice for domestic violence survivors, but jurisdictional issues still prevent rape survivors from getting the justice they deserve.

The Monument Quilt is a bright, red, hand-sewn story of survival. Each 4-square-foot piece is created by a survivor of sexual assault or domestic violence. On April 2, 400 such stories will be displayed on the East Lawn of the Oklahoma State Capitol building.

FORCE and the Native Alliance Against Violence are hosting this event to bring attention to the state of violence against Native women and reconnect survivors to community. The public is invited to join on April 2 at the Oklahoma State Capitol Building first-floor rotunda (2300 N. Lincoln Boulevard) for a program from 10:30-12 followed by a quilt-viewing on the East Lawn from 12-3pm.

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