Target: National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center Executive Director Lucy Rain Simpson
Goal: Maintain the right of Native Americans to protect their women and children from sexual predators.
After a 13-year-old child was allegedly assaulted by a store supervisor, a corporation is trying to strip the right of Native Americans to sue non-Native companies for emotional damages. The case has gone all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. If the court rules in favor of the corporation, Dollar General, then Indigenous Americans may not be able to seek any real justice when a member of one of their tribes is assaulted.
The young boy who is the subject of this case was reportedly assaulted during a tribal youth opportunity program, tainting what should have been a positive experience for him. This is especially sad because Native Americans are at a higher risk of sexual assault than the rest of the U.S. population, and 88 percent of the perpetrators are non-Native. They’re also more likely to live in poverty, making opportunity programs especially necessary.
Dollar General says that it shouldn’t have to be tried for its responsibility in this child’s suffering because it would undergo the trial in a Native American court, and the company reportedly believes that Native American courts are “unsophisticated” and incapable of rendering fair justice. This is flat-out racist. Indigenous peoples must have the right to bring those who hurt their people to trial, and their courts are no more biased than anyone else’s.
Sign our petition to support the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, which is campaigning on behalf of the victim and his family and against a greedy corporation that is attacking Native American rights.
Dear Ms. Simpson,
I’m writing to express my support for you fight on behalf of the 13-year-old boy who was sexually assaulted by a Dollar General manager during a tribal youth opportunity program. It’s terrible that the company has decided to try and take away the right of Native American tribes to protect their own people from the violence committed upon them by non-Natives.
Dollar General’s reported reasons for fighting against the family that is suing them for emotional damages are incredibly racist. There is no reason to think that Indigenous courts are any more biased than non-tribal courts. It’s clear that this corporation simply doesn’t want to face monetary punishment for their role in causing incredible harm to a young boy.
Thank you for organizing support and protests for the sake of this child. Please use this petition and its signatures to boost your position and show the nation how many people are on your side.
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