Vincent Schilling is a prominent Native editor for Indian Country Today. He also has a Google + group for Native Americans and graciously allows me to share posts there. I'm returning the favor. This is a harrowing story, that MUST BE SHARED. And as we have child molesters on our Pechanga Reservation, it's important to all. PLEASE, read:
Today, I am not ashamed of what happened. It was not my fault. The reality is that I was targeted, groomed, coerced and assaulted at the hands of men who manipulated me and took advantage of my nature.
The statistics of rape and sexual assault in Indian country are staggering. One out of three of Native women are assaulted or sexually abused, a horrible rate. This makes my heart ache and I fight tears for our sacred women as I write this.
As I try to stand up for our women, I also want my fellow Native men to know you are not cowards, you are no less a warrior and you are not alone if you were sexually assaulted in your lifetime.
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