‘American Diagnosis’: A Fuller Moon Rising — Revised ‘Violence Against Women Act’ Offers Hope


Editor’s notice: This episode consists of descriptions of violence that some may discover disturbing. Intimate companion violence, also called home violence, can take the type of bodily, sexual, or psychological abuse. For those who or somebody is experiencing intimate companion violence, assist is on the market. 

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Episode 5: Energy to Police Perpetrators

Mary Kathryn Nagle is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, an lawyer, a playwright ― and an advocate working to extend protections for Native ladies within the U.S. justice system. 

Not lengthy after the Violence In opposition to Ladies Act, or VAWA, was reauthorized in 2013, she sat with fellow activist Lisa Brunner to speak a couple of new play Nagle was engaged on in response to the ruling. 

Brunner stated she advised the playwright that VAWA is only a “sliver of a full moon” of the safety Native ladies want.

The metaphor resonated with Nagle, and “Sliver of a Full Moon” would change into the title of her play. It shares the tales of Native survivors of home abuse, and exposes the gaps within the justice system that usually let non-Native perpetrators commit crimes with out consequence. Critics say that over a long time these gaps grew to become a possibility for abusers to flourish on Fatherland.

“Simply think about your individual group,” stated lawyer Alfred Urbina, “the place sure folks weren’t prosecuted or arrested for crimes. For those who lived in an space the place sure folks didn’t need to abide by the legislation, what does that do to a group?”

Urbina is the lawyer basic for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in southwestern Arizona, one of many first tribes to start prosecuting non-Native offenders below the VAWA 2013 guidelines. 

Amongst Native survivors of violence, greater than 90% reported they’d skilled violence from a perpetrator who was non-Native, based on a survey funded by the U.S. Division of Justice. 

The Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized on March 10, 2022, reaffirming tribes’ authority to prosecute non-Native perpetrators of sexual violence and sure different crimes. It expands prosecution energy for tribal nations in Maine and Alaska and gives funding to assist legislation enforcement implementation of VAWA. 

“It’s not the totality of all the things that we’d like. Proper?” stated Brunner. “However, , the complete moon is brilliant. And we’re simply beginning with the moon. I’m after the universe.”

Voices from the episode:

  • Lisa Brunner, founding member of the Violence In opposition to Ladies Job Power, adjunct professor on the White Earth Tribal & Group School — LinkedIn
  • Mary Kathryn Nagle, playwright, companion at Pipestem Regulation, specializing in tribal sovereignty of Native nations and peoples, government director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program — Twitter, Instagram
  • Alfred Urbina, lawyer basic for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Arizona — Twitter

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