Vancouver Rape Relief and Women Shelter’s Response to RCMP Data on Men who attack Aboriginal women

April 10, 2015

In the 42 years of Vancouver Rape Relief’s existence, we have responded to thousands of Aboriginal women seeking safety and support in their courageous escape from violent men. In less than 40% of these cases, the attacker was an Aboriginal man.

Men from all races and communities commit violence against women and Aboriginal men are no exception. Given that Aboriginal women are the most oppressed and dispossessed, they are extremely vulnerable not only to violence by Aboriginal men but to violence by all men.

Men of every race exploit, rape, beat and murder Aboriginal women and girls and too often they get away with it. Men who commit violence against women are rarely brought to justice; they seldom face consequences for their brutality against women and girls, especially white men.

We demand that the criminal justice system hold abusive men accountable for their sexist violence against all women. We demand that the Canadian state ensure the safety, equality and liberty of all women. We will not accept anything less for Aboriginal women. Our freedom is tied to the freedom of Aboriginal women and none of us are free until all of us are free.

In solidarity,

Hilla Kerner, for the collective of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter

Read the Globe and Mail article, "70 per cent of murdered aboriginal women killed by indigenous men: RCMP".