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Crime Across Cultures


In reference to the link and article above, ‘Rape Pandemic: Assaults in Asia, Pacific Close to Rate in Indian Country‘:

In China, after a mother was sent to a labor camp for trying to get her daughter’s kidnapper and rapist brought to justice, the U.N. had produced a study on the men in the Asia and Pacific area. The results were that in many of the countries’ cultures violence and “sexual entitlement” – defined by Rachel Jewkes, lead technical adviser for the study is the “feeling that you ought to be able to have sex with a woman basically regardless of if the woman allows it- without judicial consequences is relatively common.

The study also showed that 23 percent of men in China have committed 1+ rape and in Papua New Guinea 61 percent admitted to rape. However, in comparison to the rape statistics of the American Indian woman and in Native populations it is greater than the international percentage. In accordance to another article, ‘Rape Data for Indian Country Has Failed to Capture Complete Picture‘ article written January 2012, by Rob Capriccioso from Indian Country Today Media Network, and the data from the U.S. Department of Justice, the violence upon Native women are the highest in the nation. This is due to the country’s new definition of rape as “the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person without consent of the victim” (taken from the U.S. Department of Justice website http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/January/12-ag-018.html ). This new definition has lead to an increase in the rape count in Indian country. Although, even with this new found knowledge, Congress has decreased funding to aid programs for Native rape survivors. The cut back caused a huge affect in the judicial systems ability to pursue a case against Native people’s violators.

The articles referenced have not gotten large enough airtime to give the nation a wider outlook and grasp on the struggle and victimization Native people today. These articles have exposed the neglect of the government and the continued discrimination towards Native people. However, what the articles lack are personal testimony of Native American victims. It is in this thought that perhaps a testimony would allow for a greater audience to sympathize and work on further public action and support. Until more public broadcasting it is up to smaller news stations and media to provide this coverage.

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