Decolonizing Sexual Violence


Bubar, Roe. 2013. “Decolonizing Sexual Violence.” International Review of Qualitive Research 6 (4): 526–43.

Author: Roe Bubar


This study explores how professional Indigenous women respond to the presentation of survey data on sexual assault in a conference setting. Sexual assault survey data presented within the context of colonization can provide a platform for Indigenous women to speak out. This study centers the voices of Indigenous women as central for understanding issues of prevalence. Indigenous women are situated in difficult intersections because solidarity to stand united against ongoing colonial influences with fellow community members and engage decolonization efforts often come at a high cost of keeping silent about their victimization. Understanding the unique position Indigenous women occupy is critical to understanding the dynamics surrounding speaking out and seeking justice for survivors after sexual assault.

Topics: Coloniality/Post-Coloniality, Gender, Women, Indigenous, Sexual Violence

Year: 2013

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