Presentation on theme: "We Are Still Relatives Sexual Abuse in Later Life Cristine Davidson Minnesota Indian Womens Sexual Assault Coalition."— Presentation transcript:
We Are Still Relatives Sexual Abuse in Later Life Cristine Davidson Minnesota Indian Womens Sexual Assault Coalition
Our Worldview Traditionally, Native people hold reciprocity, sharing, family, and Community in very high regard Our clan system was and is our form of government and natural consequences were and are effective Native worldview is based on respect for all living things, especially our Elders because they carry our history and have survived so much for us Deep protection of family from historical experiences We rarely institutionalize our Elders- multiple generations living in the home is very common We recognize all forms of abuse as a result of many generations enduring colonization, boarding school abuse, and a loss of culture and identity Multi-generational shame, fear, anger, guilt, historical abuse dynamics all play role We cannot assume that an Elder identifies as abused, or the outcome they may desire
Tribal Elder Abuse Its been estimated that close to 80% are immediate family members such adult children, grandchildren, spouses 1 Extended family is often in the home as well, and not considered extended Definitions may include unwanted child care, spiritual abuse, medication issues, or resource abuse such as firewood or other benefits received by the Elder Stats from the NCEA say 79% goes unreported, less than 1 in 6 reported by family Poverty, unemployment, & caretakers feeling overwhelmed as primary causes of elder abuse and neglect 2 Substance abuse and turning away from, or lack of access to traditional lifeways may also be factors This speaks to the invisibility of Native people, the stress of surviving
What Now Dont assume Be mindful of our history, mistrust, protection of our own, and other complexities Involve Elders with people familiar with Native customs and worldviews to reduce isolation Statutes, codes, policies and procedures are being developed in Tribal Nations nationwide- ASK!