Indigenous Women’s Walk Remembers Victims of Domestic Violence
The Duluth walk brings awareness of domestic violence in the Native American community.
DULUTH, Minn. –
Nearly one in three Native American women report that they have been raped. They’re also two and a half times more likely to experience sexual assault crimes compared to all races. Those staggering numbers have led some to action.
On Valentine’s Day, men and women marched the streets of Duluth to share their love for those lost to the hands of domestic violence.
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Walk brings more than awareness to the epidemic. It takes the steps to bring sexual violence to a stop.
“It’s remembrance, but it also brings attention to the broader problems of domestic abuse and it seems like the native american community takes the brunt of these things a little worse than most others,” said organizer Shawn Carr.
Carr lost friends to domestic violence and he walks in their honor. “I don’t want to see it happen to any more of my friends in the future,” said Carr.
The march and walk is held on Valentine’s Day when love flourished for many of these women, but soon was taken for granted by their abusers. “We want to make sure that they are not forgotten,” said Carr.
At the ceremony at the Minnesota Power Plaza, names of the victims were read. They bring awareness and a remembrance to the pains of domestic and sexual violence and a hope that no more will ever have to be read.
“These missing and murdered women were mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, aunties and they’re all missed,” said Carr.
The walk started at One Roof Community Housing and stopped at the Minnesota Power Plaza for a vigil and then onto the lakewalk.
The march in Duluth joins similar events that were held in Minneapolis and Bemidji.