Audit looks at sexual assault against Native women
Mending the Sacred Hoop and the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault, along with local law enforcement agencies, released a report that looked into the treatment of Native women in Duluth, Minnesota.

The groups audited 40 cases and found several shortcomings in the investigative and justice system. Native women feel "brushed aside" in Duluth, Rebecca St. George of Mending the Sacred Hoop said.

“People weren’t being responded to in a way that they felt there was any justice for them,” St. George told The Duluth News Tribune.

The Duluth Police Department, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s and the county Attorney’s Offices helped conduct the audit. The police department plans to implement all of the recommendations, the deputy chief said.

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American Indian women feel ‘brushed aside’ after reporting sexual assaults, report says (The Duluth News Tribune 12/3)
Gaps between women's experiences and needs (The Duluth News Tribune 12/3)
Study: Sexual assault against Native American women often overlooked (Minnesota Public Radio 12/2)