A two-part series that exposes gross injustice to women on reservations and the callous inability of bureaucracies to address the problem.
This series about the rampant sexual abuse of Native American women and the faulty policing and prosecution of these crimes explore a shocking statistic from the Justice Department: One out of three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime. Sullivan’s three-month investigation involved dozens of interviews with law enforcement officials, victims and tribal leaders on reservations in South Dakota and Oklahoma. A devastating case of sexual assault that led to a woman’s death was reopened in North Dakota in response to the series’ findings. The series also resulted in Congressional hearings, and the Justice Department deputized Indian police officers to arrest non-Indians for the first time.
Laura Sullivan, correspondent; Amy Walters, producer; Steven Drummond, editor; Maria Godoy, digital media producer; Ellen Weiss, vice president, news
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