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March 27, 2018
The Native Alliance Against Violence Unites Oklahoma Tribes for Sexual Assault Awareness
Event brings recognition to the American Indian women that are disproportionately affected by sexual violence
DURANT, OK – In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Native Alliance Against Violence is sponsoring the 4th Annual Gathering of Voices: Addressing Sexual Assault in Indian Country at the Choctaw Nation Event Center in Durant, OK. The event will take place on April 5, 2018 from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. To register visit oknaav.eventbrite.com.
This year’s theme is “creating safe spaces for our Native sisters.” Organizers of the gathering want to recognize the struggles of Oklahoma’s American Indian women that have been affected by sexual assault, as well as honor the advocates that provide support for these survivors.
“Victims of violence deserve a voice. They deserve to be acknowledged. Native women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault crimes than all other races, so it is important to demonstrate to survivors that there are steps being taken to stop the cycle of violence”, said Dawn Stover, Executive Director of the Native Alliance Against Violence.
The 4th Annual Gathering of Voices: Addressing Sexual Assault in Indian Country is free and open to the public. Many of Oklahoma’s tribal domestic and sexual violence programs will be present to provide information about their respective programs with attendees. The event will begin with an opening prayer by Choctaw Nation Councilwoman Jennifer Woods, remarks by Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton and will also include a statement from the Choctaw Nation Sexual Response Team. The keynote speaker, Aldo Seoane, will address the ways that American Indian men can take the lead on stopping sexual violence. After the speech, there will be a special moment to honor the collective voices of sexual assault survivors and advocates. The event will end with closing remarks, a closing prayer and light refreshments.
“In order to create safe spaces for Native women we must encourage the public to listen to the stories of survivors with a non-judgemental ear and to continue to have respect for Native values. Sexual violence is not a part of our Native culture”, said Stover.
To view all of the Oklahoma tribal domestic violence and sexual assault program events that are happening around the state, please visit oknaav.org/events.
January 2, 2018
The Native Alliance Against Violence Brings Attention to Sex Trafficking and Stalking
Alarmingly high statistics show that too many American Indian women have been subjected to sexual violence and stalking in their lifetime
NORMAN – January is the National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and Stalking Awareness Month. The Native Alliance Against Violence is providing tribal domestic and sexual assault programs with an infographic that illustrates the basics of sex trafficking and stalking.
“Sex trafficking and stalking in Indian country needs to be addressed,” said Dawn Stover, Executive Director of the Native Alliance Against Violence. “The statistics show that a disproportionate amount of American Indian women are subjected to sex trafficking and stalking. Unfortunately, we rarely hear about this on the news”.
“Now is the time to stand up and make your voice heard. You can do this by sharing the infographic and helping us bring awareness to this issue. We want to make it clear that we are here to fight for the safety of Native women and girls,” said Stover.
September 1, 2017
Oklahoma’s Tribal Community Comes Together for the 4th Annual American Indian Domestic Violence Awareness Day of Unity
Event provides support and hope to American Indian people impacted by domestic violence
ANADARKO – The Native Alliance Against Violence will be sponsoring the American Indian Domestic Violence Awareness Day of Unity on October 11, 2017. Over 20 of Oklahoma’s tribal domestic violence programs will showcase information about the type of resources they have to offer victims of violence. The event will take place from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Southern Plains Indian Museum in Anadarko.
“We want to raise awareness of the domestic and sexual violence issues that affect so many of our native brothers and sisters. It is extremely important for our tribal communities to realize that there is help available for them,” said Dawn Stover, Executive Director of the Native Alliance Against Violence.
“We need to acknowledge and bring awareness to the fact that the rates of domestic and sexual violence against American Indians are the highest of any population” said Stover. According to page 55 of the National Institute of Justice 2016 Research Report on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men, of those surveyed, more than 84% of American Indian/Alaska Native women have experienced some type of sexual violence, physical violence, stalking or psychological aggression in their lifetime.
The Apache Tribe of Oklahoma Violence Free Living Program has taken on the task of being this year’s event host. The event will begin with an opening ceremony by the Apache Tribal Princess, Kylie Cisco, as well a speech from Alonzo Chalepah, a former Apache Tribe Chairman and current contributor to Apache cultural programs. Attendees will have the option to vote in an art contest featuring artwork by advocates of tribal domestic violence programs. The public will also be encouraged to join together for a candle ceremony that highlights the prevalence of domestic violence in Oklahoma.
The NAAV's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Outreach Event and Awareness Walk was featured in the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal newspaper. Read it here:
The NAAV would like to say congratulations to Shawn Partridge, the Director of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention Program. She was recognized during the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony on April 13, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
Shawn Partridge is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and serves as Director of the Nation’s Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP), an advocacy program providing supportive services to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) and non-AI/AN victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, human trafficking, and other violent crimes. Under Ms. Partridge’s leadership, FVPP has continually expanded services to include development and implementation of the Muscogee Nation’s first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program and advocacy and support to specialized populations, including teens impacted by dating violence and child survivors of sexual violence and their families. Ms. Partridge’s work also included the development of Warriors Honor Women, a powerful male-led movement within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to end violence against women and children using traditional values and teachings to promote respect, healthy relationships, and safety for all people. Ms. Partridge is a founding board member and current president of the Native Alliance Against Violence, Oklahoma’s tribal coalition against domestic and sexual violence. She is involved in tribal-, state-, and federal-level efforts to enhance policies that increase safety and justice for AI/AN women and children and advocates for the sovereign rights of tribal nations. Ms. Partridge was involved in efforts to promote the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which restored tribes’ authority to ensure accountability for non AI/AN individuals who commit domestic violence on tribal lands. Her efforts in promoting the reauthorization of VAWA helped lead to the historical legislation’s passage and becoming law. Ms. Partridge holds an A.A. in liberal arts from Haskell Indian Nations University, a B.A. in Native American Studies, and an M.S.W. from the University of Oklahoma (OU). She is an OU Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work Board of Visitors member, and received the national Professional Development Leader Award at the School’s 2016 Hall of Fame ceremony and was honored at the School’s 100th anniversary for her contributions. Ms. Partridge credits her family, friends, co-workers, Mvskoke people, and OU for significantly enhancing and strengthening her voice as an indigenous woman, advocate, and social worker.
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