Professor Sarah Deer, Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law Professor, winner of the 8th Labriola Center National Book Award for her book The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America, traveled to the Labriola Center on May 2, 2016 to receive her award and discussed the book. Dr. David Martinez, professor of American Indian Studies at ASU, interviewed Professor Sarah Deer about her early work with rape survivors (including Haskell University students), why the word epidemic is not the best term to describe violence against Native women, and the impact of federal law and policy.
About the Book
“How to address widespread violence against Native women—practically, theoretically, and legally—from the foremost advocate for understanding and change - The Beginning and End of Rape makes available the powerful writings in which Sarah Deer, who played a crucial role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, has advocated for cultural and legal reforms to protect Native women from endemic sexual violence and abuse. These essays point to the possibility of actual and positive change in a world where Native women are systematically undervalued, left unprotected, and hurt.” – Provided by publisher
”This is a compelling and compassionate revelation of the eternal violence against Native women. It is a call to action for all of us.” - The Honorable Ada E. Deer, former Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs and enrolled Menominee
The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America is published by the University of Minnesota Press.
About the Labriola Center National Book Award
Books submitted for consideration for the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award cross multiple disciplines or fields of study, and focus on topics and issues that are pertinent to Indigenous peoples and nations. Of particular interest are those works written by Indigenous scholars or in which Indigenous persons played a significant role in the creation of the nominated work.