The Research: Empowering indigenous college women to stop rape: A treatment development study
Considering the entire US population of women, approximately 1 in 5 women will experience rape. This number is much higher for some, such as Indigenous women. Because of the large number of women who experience rape in the US; there are more women with rape-related posttraumatic stress disorder in the United States than there are veterans with war-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Thus, this project seeks to explore how to incorporate Indigenous culture and traditions into self-defense programs to reduce the risk of rape for Indigenous women. (Dr. RaeAnn Anderson)
"Since we selected this project in September 2020, the project team has expanded to include graduate and undergraduate students mentored by Dr. Anderson and her research partner, Dr. Cole. These students include members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and Dakota, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and the Mvskoke Nation. In October 2020, the team received a grant from the state of North Dakota to expand the study to include a survey of Indigenous college students across the states of North Dakota and Oklahoma on what they think is needed in rape reduction programs. An Indigenous artist has been engaged to produce the study flyer. A key hurdle was recently cleared when IRB approval to collect the survey data was granted. The research team is well on their way to gathering data, in spite of the the COVID-19 pandemic! Thank you for all the support."
Learn more about RaeAnn's project and our fellowship at peaceoutsidecampus.org/fellowship