Charge Worker Who Catcalled Female Pipeline Protesters with an Allusion to Human Trafficking

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Target: Tom Miller, Iowa Attorney General

Goal: Charge the pipeline worker who illegally verbally harassed a Native American mother and daughter who were protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

A worker for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline verbally harassed a Native American mother and daughter protesting the pipeline on video by asking, “How much for the little girl?” Not only does this comment hint at human trafficking and sexual assault, verbal street harassment is against the law in Iowa where the incident occurred. Demand that this pipeline worker is charged for his disgusting and illegal words.

Marisa Cummings of the Omaha tribe was protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline with her daughter near a pipeline construction site in Lohrville, Iowa. People have gathered from across the country to protest the pipeline because its construction goes through sacred Native American land and burial grounds and poses a risk of damaging the water supply.

As the women were walking, a pipeline worker yelled out a truck window at them, verbally harassing the women with an inappropriate comment alluding to human trafficking. Native American women are more than twice as likely as the national average to experience sexual violence, and the increasing numbers of male pipeline workers has led to an increase in human trafficking and sexual assault. On top of it all, verbal street harassment is illegal in Iowa.

When the women tried to file an affidavit over the incident, their request was denied—despite the incident being caught on video. Verbal sexual harassment cannot be tolerated. Demand this pipeline worker be charged for his disgraceful crime.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney General Miller,

A Native American woman and her daughter were recently verbally harassed on video by a Dakota Access Pipeline worker who yelled, “How much for the little girl?” at the women. Despite the fact that verbal street harassment is illegal in Iowa, this worker has not been charged with a crime.

The incident is only made worse by the horrific statistics surrounding Native American women, human trafficking and sexual assault. These women need justice. I urge you to find out who the pipeline worker is and to charge him for his actions.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Charlotte Cooper

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