Ingrid Becker
Ingrid Becker

Why only native women? Rape of all, native or non-native women and men must not be tolerated all over the world.

David Farmer Grant
David Farmer Grant
  • Ingrid Becker

True"

Paul Bourgeois
Paul Bourgeois
  • Ingrid Becker

If you want to know a bit of the history, I can tell you why were speaking of Aboriginal, First Nation, Meis and Innuit women.

Jule Asterisk
Jule Asterisk
  • Ingrid Becker

... just that we have over 500 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, so need to ask why? Why is it tolerated for Aboriginal women only? http://www.sistersinspirit.ca/

Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal
Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal
  • Ingrid Becker

Because Native women are being raped in higher numbers, and the Canadian police are not addressing it. The way the rape of a white woman is investigated is not the same as when Native women are raped Ingrid. Please educate yourself on the nature of institutionalized racism Ingrid. Your ignorance on this issue just emphasizes the fact that the media in Canada is basically silent on the issue. Your insinuation that the person who started this petition is doing something "wrong" for not...

Because Native women are being raped in higher numbers, and the Canadian police are not addressing it. The way the rape of a white woman is investigated is not the same as when Native women are raped Ingrid. Please educate yourself on the nature of institutionalized racism Ingrid. Your ignorance on this issue just emphasizes the fact that the media in Canada is basically silent on the issue. Your insinuation that the person who started this petition is doing something "wrong" for not including white women is an insult. It is true, no one deserves to be raped. Rape is usually a 'race on race' issue - with the exception of First Nation women. Native, white, Black and Brown men, ALL target Indigenous women. The real question here is; Why don't you know the answer to your own question? Why don't you know that Non-Native men are terrorizing First Nation women for political reasons?

Fredrick Cloyd
Fredrick Cloyd
  • Ingrid Becker

All women are not from the same race, nation, class, etc., nor are all women equal as far as the way laws and the justice-system are enacted. There should be more understanding--especially by liberal peoples everywhere, to understand that "all humans" are in trouble precisely because of the hierarchy of oppressions and privileges. If we are uncomfortable with these hierarchies, then perhaps this can be examined, instead of making it sound like something is 'wrong' with native and...

All women are not from the same race, nation, class, etc., nor are all women equal as far as the way laws and the justice-system are enacted. There should be more understanding--especially by liberal peoples everywhere, to understand that "all humans" are in trouble precisely because of the hierarchy of oppressions and privileges. If we are uncomfortable with these hierarchies, then perhaps this can be examined, instead of making it sound like something is 'wrong' with native and indigenous populations, under so much historical oppression, to ask for solidarity, instead of derision for not being 'equal' to the dominant population of women, or whoever. There are *differences* in how native women have been dealt with through the legal and institutional processes, from the way people who are seen and considered 'white' are dealt.

Nicole Tanguay
Nicole Tanguay
  • Ingrid Becker

the numbers are higher than that,, try over 2000. The 500 is what the government keeps saying, but we who work in the field know it is way higher.

Nicole Tanguay
Nicole Tanguay
  • Ingrid Becker

Ingrid, aboriginal women here are targeted..why come to this site anyways, as the invite was specific and said aboriginal women? Just curious.

Daniel Kevin Tervo
Daniel Kevin Tervo
  • Ingrid Becker

Because Native woman of North America, who are connected to the most active speaking of protecting Mother Earth and her peoples,are not considered Human Beings YET!!!
So we DO NOT have a voice that is heard SERIOUSLY or LOUD ENOUGH!! Never have... The NON Natives aren't through RAPING MOTHER EARTH YET!! And you ALL know what? She's about to Blame us all for not doing right by what the creator has provided for Humans survival. So in many ways we are all doomed, just a matter of time....

Because Native woman of North America, who are connected to the most active speaking of protecting Mother Earth and her peoples,are not considered Human Beings YET!!!
So we DO NOT have a voice that is heard SERIOUSLY or LOUD ENOUGH!! Never have... The NON Natives aren't through RAPING MOTHER EARTH YET!! And you ALL know what? She's about to Blame us all for not doing right by what the creator has provided for Humans survival. So in many ways we are all doomed, just a matter of time. If tomorrow the Government of Canada Paid Each and every First Nation Citizen Cash Money, There'd be nowhere to go enjoy it.

Mary Jo Hazlett
Mary Jo Hazlett
  • Ingrid Becker

Jule Asterisk: That is horrendeous, but why do you think Aboriginal women are the ONLY women this is happening to. This is outrageous and intolerable for ALL women!

Pueblo Justicia
Pueblo Justicia
  • Ingrid Becker

we focusing on our First Nation women because of the pattern of neglect that allows, no encourages the abuse of aboriginal females- itz open season on us in Canada just as in Juarez,Mexico where close to 3000 women have been disappeared since the mid 90's yet less than 30 bodies have been recuperated! As we speak the families of these women in Chihuahua have been on journey by foot to demand a resolution from the government there. Thatz why!

Elizabeth Lawson
Elizabeth Lawson
  • Ingrid Becker

Appalling crimes such as this can no longer be tolerated. Rapists are somebody's sons husbands, fathers. The moral, cultural and psychological permission to commit this ghastly crime was disseminated in the homes of these monsters. Yes, parents, when you visit the monster that you raised in your home in prison, you SHOULD hang your heads in shame. Who else brought these cruel and inhuman beings into the world, and inculcated in them the notion that women are playthings to be enjoyed -...

Appalling crimes such as this can no longer be tolerated. Rapists are somebody's sons husbands, fathers. The moral, cultural and psychological permission to commit this ghastly crime was disseminated in the homes of these monsters. Yes, parents, when you visit the monster that you raised in your home in prison, you SHOULD hang your heads in shame. Who else brought these cruel and inhuman beings into the world, and inculcated in them the notion that women are playthings to be enjoyed - and them brutally beaten and murdered when the 'fun' is over? The issue here is not the race of the victim , but the gender. NO woman should have to fear rape, and ALL women should expect justice and the unequivocal support of the communities in which they reside.

Deborah Stewart
Deborah Stewart
  • Ingrid Becker

Ingrid Becker, the petition originally began as a call for justice for native women whose rapists and batterers were getting off scott-free because of loopholes in the law. I might have some of the details a little screwed up, but here are the facts as I understand them: The band/Native police take care of everything involving Natives on their land, a.k.a. reserves. The key here is Native - they cannot prosecute or arrest non-natives even if they do something on the reservation. BUT ...

Ingrid Becker, the petition originally began as a call for justice for native women whose rapists and batterers were getting off scott-free because of loopholes in the law. I might have some of the details a little screwed up, but here are the facts as I understand them: The band/Native police take care of everything involving Natives on their land, a.k.a. reserves. The key here is Native - they cannot prosecute or arrest non-natives even if they do something on the reservation. BUT non-Native forces, such as the RCMP can't do anything about crimes that occur on the reserves, even if it involves a non-Native. WTF thought this up?

Charmaine Morgan
Charmaine Morgan
  • Ingrid Becker

Clearly time this loop hole is tackled.

Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal
Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal

I am amazed at how many white women are complaining about not being included on this petition. The fact that they are not up in arms about non-Native men targeting Native women to rape for political reasons just reinforces racist attitudes on violence against Indigenous women. These comments speak to white female privilege, and the belief that this is not a valid petition unless it includes the sanctity of white womanhood.

Karlyn Isaak Lotney
Karlyn Isaak Lotney
  • Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal

Exactly.

Bonnie Jewell-Baranski
Bonnie Jewell-Baranski
  • Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal

i beleive the number is much higher, and yes, rape does occur everywhere, but read your facts, marginalized, at risk population, the numbers are higher, and sadly,less likely to be reported, and less likely to be solved. One Billion Rising has picked Canada as the Global focus country this year, because we have over 588 recognized missing and murdered women in our country. If they were white, middle class or upper class there would be answers . shame on Canada.Indigenous woman are 80%...

i beleive the number is much higher, and yes, rape does occur everywhere, but read your facts, marginalized, at risk population, the numbers are higher, and sadly,less likely to be reported, and less likely to be solved. One Billion Rising has picked Canada as the Global focus country this year, because we have over 588 recognized missing and murdered women in our country. If they were white, middle class or upper class there would be answers . shame on Canada.Indigenous woman are 80% more likely to have violence, committed against them. They are as young as 15 being taken, never heard of again. Imagine what their families go through. To question this petition,because it does not include all woman and men, is an example of priveledge, and colonialism. Please, Canada needs to have a national Inquiry into this terrible situation.As recently as last month, our Prime Minister denied the need for an inquiry.

Terri Bourassa
Terri Bourassa
  • Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal

Agree

Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal
Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal
  • Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal

Going back up on the that "pedestal" has a high price my sisters. Find out what it was like for your grandmother back in the 60's. Learn your family story, your Herstory. You'll find out you are making decision about your life based on what females, or males in your family for generations ago. And no one remembers why. Sexism hurts EVERYBODY.

JoAnne Dubois
JoAnne Dubois
  • Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal

Well said

Taffy Dugan
Taffy Dugan
  • Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal

Lynnz, I don't think they are saying that they want to be included or that the petition is "not a valid petition unless it includes the sanctity of white womanhood". The "white" women are supporting rights for ALL women, not just white or native. As a mostly white woman I believe that they are saying that the native women are just as human as the rest of us, not worse, not better but equal - a sister. That we should stand together as women, not separate races of women. The title of the...

Lynnz, I don't think they are saying that they want to be included or that the petition is "not a valid petition unless it includes the sanctity of white womanhood". The "white" women are supporting rights for ALL women, not just white or native. As a mostly white woman I believe that they are saying that the native women are just as human as the rest of us, not worse, not better but equal - a sister. That we should stand together as women, not separate races of women. The title of the petition was presented as "Gang Rape of Native Women should Not Be Tolerated". I agree that it should not be but, like the rest of my sister, NO RAPE should be tolerated - whatever race or sex! By specifying just Native Women it seems to imply that they are separate from the rest of us, like they were sub-human - that is why they are upset. Not because they are being elitists but the opposite. They recognize that a crime against one woman is a crime against all.

Taffy Dugan
Taffy Dugan
  • Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal

Here is an example of how this is global - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-solnit/violence-against-women_b_2541940.html. Again, this is NOT about race so please stop thinking that we are putting ourselves on a pedestal. Please use your energy to stand together and not waste it fighting each other.

Buzz DiMarco
Buzz DiMarco
  • Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal

I totally agree, cousin.

Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal
Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal
  • Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal

This petition is not about white women, black women, asian women, or latin women. It's about white men using rape as a terror tactic to silence Indigenous people in Canada. Why do you Stephanie, and many other white women feel the need to qualify this and eliminate the racism that is a major component of these events? Why are you so uncomfortable with it being a racial issue? You don't want it to be racial? The majority of rape is same race - EXCEPT when it comes to Native women. Why...

This petition is not about white women, black women, asian women, or latin women. It's about white men using rape as a terror tactic to silence Indigenous people in Canada. Why do you Stephanie, and many other white women feel the need to qualify this and eliminate the racism that is a major component of these events? Why are you so uncomfortable with it being a racial issue? You don't want it to be racial? The majority of rape is same race - EXCEPT when it comes to Native women. Why is that? It was racial long before I even read about it.

Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal
Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal
  • Lynnz MakinArt DeBeal

Stephanie Taffy, why are you insisting that this has nothing to do with race? Why? Because you can. Because it's your privilege, as a white person, as a white woman, to correct me. To tell me how wrong I am. To shake you head and set me straight.

Laura Thomas
Laura Thomas

I FIRMLY AGREE that ANY rape on any person is a SERIOUS matter. If this case was against a Hispanic, Caucasian African American, Chinese or any other race than the SAME investigation strategies would be in place. This is a VERY serious crime! If this petition wasn't focused on ONE race I would sign. Could you IMAGINE what would happen if I was to get raped? Would there be someone getting a petition out for me? I AM SURE they wouldn't because I am Caucasian. This crime has NOT been ruled a...

I FIRMLY AGREE that ANY rape on any person is a SERIOUS matter. If this case was against a Hispanic, Caucasian African American, Chinese or any other race than the SAME investigation strategies would be in place. This is a VERY serious crime! If this petition wasn't focused on ONE race I would sign. Could you IMAGINE what would happen if I was to get raped? Would there be someone getting a petition out for me? I AM SURE they wouldn't because I am Caucasian. This crime has NOT been ruled a HATE CRIME against aboriginal woman. If this was the case I WOULD SIGN! Take the RACE out and get a petition going so people charged with such a horrible crime be punished for longer and their names to be known EVERYWHERE and their pictures EVERYWHERE so we KNOW who they are.

Char Tupone
Char Tupone
  • Laura Thomas

The petition is to get some justice happening. This young Native woman was targetted by non-native men & gang-raped because she was native, because of Idle No More's presence in Canada. The petition is asking for support to put pressure on authorities, so that the usual tendancy of letting the rape case of native women turn into a cold case, does not happen again. Yes, you are right, Rape committed against any one, male, female, adult, child, regardless of color..is wrong & should not be...

The petition is to get some justice happening. This young Native woman was targetted by non-native men & gang-raped because she was native, because of Idle No More's presence in Canada. The petition is asking for support to put pressure on authorities, so that the usual tendancy of letting the rape case of native women turn into a cold case, does not happen again. Yes, you are right, Rape committed against any one, male, female, adult, child, regardless of color..is wrong & should not be tolerated. But if you are a Native person, male or female, adult or child....it is tolerated in Canada. Just go to your local police station & ask how many rape cases are non-native & how many are native. Then ask which has the higher percentage of being brought to court.

Zeke Smith
Zeke Smith
  • Laura Thomas

If a Caucasian women were gang raped there would be no need for a petition because the police in most cases would go all out in solving it. In the case of a native woman it has been often and repeatedly shown that won't happen.

Fredrick Cloyd
Fredrick Cloyd
  • Laura Thomas

The rape and oppression of women-of-color have different circumstances and 'special' racisms that make particular strategies necessary. Yes, all women and men and children should be protected by law, at least in theory. But in almost every case in most nations, so-called 'minority' women have their cases more often ignored or turned into cold cases, as Char Tupone has pointed out above. I think that white women and women, should be interested in supporting ALL forms of injustice and...

The rape and oppression of women-of-color have different circumstances and 'special' racisms that make particular strategies necessary. Yes, all women and men and children should be protected by law, at least in theory. But in almost every case in most nations, so-called 'minority' women have their cases more often ignored or turned into cold cases, as Char Tupone has pointed out above. I think that white women and women, should be interested in supporting ALL forms of injustice and oppression, not just those that support the dominant women. Women of dominant positions (race, class, etc.) are also targeted, however the media, and the law-makers are more apt to ignore and treat them differently. Please please be more sensitive to this.

Tim M Murphy
Tim M Murphy
  • Laura Thomas

After all the unanswered murders of and rapes of native women you can see why this is specific to natives ...rape is a violent crime but it doesn't seem to be answered as quickly when the victim is native as it is for other races

Mary Jo Hazlett
Mary Jo Hazlett
  • Laura Thomas

Zeke Smith You need to review the history of rape on Caucasian women, that history is not as full of justice as you may think. Check out one of the latest situation in Steubenville, OH and the macho football team there. I understand this blog is trying to address a specific injustice and I support that, but try to get your history straight. Some cultures are definitely more mysogonistic than others, but in no culture is a woman free of the fear of rape and in many neither are men!

Karlyn Isaak Lotney
Karlyn Isaak Lotney
  • Laura Thomas

Boy, howdy, have you missed the whole damn point--not being able to see past your own interests and empathize with someone else. And please don't tell me how incredibly empathetic here as evidenced by the 101 things you do for other people; you haven't shown it here.

Claire Apostoli
Claire Apostoli
  • Laura Thomas

What he said.

Karen Trotchie
Karen Trotchie
  • Laura Thomas

this is so true... i am an aboriginal women and have seen first hand the attitudes of police when it comes to reporting crimes against aboriginal women...the number of aboriginal women that go missing in canada every year is a shame, and even more shameful when the police don't do anything about it

Lindsey Kerns
Lindsey Kerns
  • Laura Thomas

I understand your point, Laura, but because you are a white woman your case would be taken more seriously and treated more efficiently. In Canada there is a high percentage of rape cases on native women, in fact they tend to be raped because they are native. But because they aren't white it gets ignored. Same thing happens in the case of kidnapped children. When was the last time you saw a case of a missing or murdered child on the nurse that wasn't a white female? There are many...

I understand your point, Laura, but because you are a white woman your case would be taken more seriously and treated more efficiently. In Canada there is a high percentage of rape cases on native women, in fact they tend to be raped because they are native. But because they aren't white it gets ignored. Same thing happens in the case of kidnapped children. When was the last time you saw a case of a missing or murdered child on the nurse that wasn't a white female? There are many children missing of other nationalties and who are male, but because of those things the cases aren't given the same amount of force. That's what's happening in the case of the raping of native women. They're seen as lesser, and not as important, because they are native.

Elfie Leddy
Elfie Leddy
  • Laura Thomas

I completely agree, Fredrick Cloyd. ALL sexual offences, injustices & oppressions, happening to ALL children, women & men need to be address. Not one is more vile than another so we either give voice to ending ALL these atrocities & regaining the dignity of our humanity or we will lose our humanity entirely.

Annie Lemay
Annie Lemay

Gang rapes of any race should not be tolerated!

Annie Lemay
Annie Lemay
  • Annie Lemay

It shouldn't be tolerated on anyone!

Anna Zuccolini
Anna Zuccolini
  • Annie Lemay

Just kill the monsters no way to give them a chance to repet it again and again. When you decide to keep them alive you are responsible for what they do.....

Donna Henley
Donna Henley

SOMETHING DOES DEFINITELY NEED TO BE DONE ABOUT THIS! HARDER PUNISHMENT FOR MAIN THING!

Norma Hunt
Norma Hunt
  • Donna Henley

Id settle for castration and whipping

Jo Williams
Jo Williams
  • Donna Henley

So would I :)

Selena Cada
Selena Cada

I am a native woman, and believe no rape on any woman should be tolerated..

Buzz DiMarco
Buzz DiMarco
  • Selena Cada

Hello cousin.

John Day
John Day
  • Selena Cada

how many guys do u know that have been raped Yuri?, besides the ones in prison

Crystal Colley Dull
Crystal Colley Dull
  • Selena Cada

John Day Whatever.Boys and Men get Raped Everyday ALL OVER THE WORLD!!! Not JUST in Prison! Grow a Heart!!! Look at all the Priests who have Molested and Raped Boys and Young Men!! Sorry, but come on!!

Elfie Leddy
Elfie Leddy
  • Selena Cada

Absolutly Yuri Sorkin. Obviously my prime focus is women, being one & having experienced this myself. However I do know several men who have also been sexually violated as a child, which is the same thing - so the issue is non-gender. It's a HUMAN issue, rather an issue of INHUMANITY.

Lori Howard
Lori Howard
  • Selena Cada

So, John Day, you find it acceptable that men are raped in prison? May God forbid that you or anyone you love goes to prison due to a wrongful conviction. That happens every day, too.

Stepheanie Ann Gloade
Stepheanie Ann Gloade
  • Selena Cada

hey I'm a native woman, heres hoping he messes with the wrong native grl and she beats him to death, hey John maybe we should find him and send hm to Yuris home, lol. DONT NEED ANYONE TO RESEARCH OWN CAUSE, ALREADY DONE YURI, WHY IN THE HELL DO U THNK UR SEEING IT ON PC. Ignorant racist people eh, not hrd to tell he has no use for native women, right John.

Aruna Singh
Aruna Singh

no excuse and no tolerance for this type of actions..doesn't matter who that female is...should be disciplined harshly! we need some strict laws in canada!

Bernard Charbonneau
Bernard Charbonneau

STOP TALKING WATH IF IT IS A FAMILY...................................................................

Bernard Charbonneau
Bernard Charbonneau

THERE IS NO OTHER SOLUTION THAN TO KEEP THOSE ABUSERS FROM HELL, NOT ONY WAY OFF THE KIDS BUT FROM EVERYBODY IN A 4 BY 8 CELL UNTILL THEIR LAST HEARTBEAT. L

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