Significant progress has been made in the research, which continues to document the need for such a program and in determining the type of intervention most beneficial to indigenous women. 358 anonymous surveys have been completed to date. Participants were identified as indigenous college students across North America. Of this sample, only 17.88% did not report a history of sexual victimization. Follow up personal interviews are currently in progress although engaging participants has been challenging. Efforts continue in this regard and analysis of the data continues. The research has found that indigenous people are in fact open to a wide range of interventions to help them through the trauma of sexual assault.
Although COVID has impacted the goals of the project in terms of travel, initial presentations of the data are planned. Findings will be presented in December, 2021 at the University of North Dakota Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Showcase and other presentations are anticipated in 2022. Of note, congratulations are in order as RaeAnn was recently nominated for the National Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program in recognition of her important contribution to better serving the indigenous population of this country.
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