As if you needed another reason to suspect some politicians just don't have a heart, Virginia's Eric Cantor gives you one ... he is holding up reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which expired in 2011, because he does not want to give more power to the tribal authorities on Native American reservations. Zachary Roth reports:
The rate of sexual assault on Native-American women is more than twice the national average. And according to Amnesty International, 86% of Native American women who are raped are attacked by non-Indians—who are beyond the reach of tribal authorities. As a result, “we have serial rapists on the reservation—that are non-Indian—because they know they can get away with it,” one native American activist told Salon.
from CREDO Action:
from the Center for American Progress Action Fund:
The Vanguard series on Current TV covered the subject of rapes of women on the reservations on this episode which aired on 6/3/10: