wyo_community_foundationSince 2012, Empower Wyoming has been able to offer sexual assault prevention programs on the Wind River Reservation, thanks to generous funding from the Wyoming Community Foundation. This funding allows Empower to offer its program free to tribal members on the Wind River Reservation. In addition, Empower is recruiting and training Instructors within the community to develop a Kids Ambassador program on the Reservation.

Assault statistics for Native American women are nearly 50% higher than other demographic groups [1]. A legacy of generational trauma has resulted in a community with higher-than-normal rates of PTSD, depression, substance abuse, and suicide[2].

As Native tribes work to restore the healthier norms of their traditional lifestyle, Empower seeks to partner in that process. Our training’s help students develop confidence and a sense of self-reliance. Survivors of assault often find our empowerment self-defense to be an important component in their healing process.

“American Indian women living on Indian reservations experience unique challenges that intensify the epidemic of violence against them. Accurate statistical data quantifying incidences of violence against women on reservations, or ‘Indian country’, is in small quantity. Comprehensive data on violence against women under tribal jurisdiction does not exist since no federal or Indian agency nor organization systematically collects this information”(3)

Native American women residing on reservations suffer domestic violence and physical assault at rates far exceeding women of other ethnic groups and locations(4)

A 2004 Department of Justice report estimates these assault rates to be as much as 50% higher than the next most victimized demographic(5)

Here’s an article written by Adrian Jawort, from the Indian Country Today Media Network: .

Self-Defense Instructor Heads up Empower Wyoming

SOURCES

[1]Steven W Perry, American Indians and Crime-A BJS Statistical Profile 1992-2002, Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Dec 2004

[2]See the Statistics Resource page on our website

[3] From the website of Futures Without Violence, a non-profit working to end violence against women and children: https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/file/Violence%20Against%20AI%20AN%20Women%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

[4] Brief for National Network to End Domestic Violence, et al. as Amici Curiae Supporting Respondents at 2, Plains Commerce Bank v Long Family Land & Cattle Co., 128 S. Ct. 2709 (2008) (No. 07-411)

[5] Steven W. Perry, American Indians and Crime-A BJS Statistical Profile 1992-2002, Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, December 2004