Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Health Science

First Advisor

Jamie Turgeon-Drake

Second Advisor

Angela Landeen

Third Advisor

Cindy Struckman-Johnson


American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN), violence, women, trauma, media, indigenous

Subject Categories

Indigenous Studies | Women's Health


In recent decades, a topic of concern that has gained attention in the United States and throughout the world is violence against women. Surveys conducted nationally have found that there is a correlation between which racial group a woman identifies as and her likelihood to be victimized at some point in her life. American Indian/Alaskan Native women, in particular, are impacted by violence at disproportionate rates. However, definitive reasoning for the high rates of violence in these groups has not been fully investigated. There is a lack of surveillance and dissemination regarding this specific topic as well as other issues concerning Native American individuals. A survey was conducted to better understand public awareness of areas of concern for women, with a specific interest in Native American women. Additionally, the survey determined the respondents’ perceived prevalence of missing women in the United States. The results of the survey indicate that there is still much to be done to better inform the public of the numerous issue facing women in the United States. More accurate and diverse media representation for minority populations is one area that could improve how the general public perceives issues facing more invisible ethnic and racial groups.



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