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What to Tell Your Daughter When She's Raped


Charon Asetoyer, CEO of the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center, (NAWHERC) vividly recalls the afternoon a Native mother visited her office and asked her what she should say to her teen daughter when she gets raped.

“She didn’t use the word “if,” she used the word “when,” because our women, especially young women have the highest rates of sexual assault of any ethnicity in the country,” Asetoyer said.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Justice, Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than other groups.



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