MCN FVPP host event sponsored by NAAV
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention Program hosted the 5th annual ‘Gathering of Voices: addressing sexual assault in Indian Country,’ April 18 at Green Country Vo-Tech in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
Native Alliance Against Violence, a nonprofit organization operating as Oklahoma’s only tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalition, sponsored the event.
Several Oklahoma tribal nations were represented at various booths to distribute information about their violence prevention programs as well as other related services.
According to a NAAV press release, ‘Standing up. Speaking out. Taking Action,’ was the theme in order to raise awareness of Oklahoma Native American women affected by sexual assault and aimed at educating the community about response and acknowledgement to the societal norms that promote violence against women.
‘We want everyone to feel confident in knowing that they can take action to prevent and eradicate sexual violence,’ NAAV Executive Director Dawn Stover stated in a press release.
Keynote speaker, Olga Trujillo shared her personal experience as a sexual assault survivor. Trujillo is the author of ‘The Sum of My Parts: a survivor’s story of Dissociative Identity Disorder,’ a memoir of her journey from survivor to advocate.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.