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Dying Outside 5d - Disparities in Convictions

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Disparities in Convictions

A woman stands at the centre of the photo with her back towards us in the expanse of a lush, green forest. She has long black hair and is wearing a red dress.

[imagecaption] MMIWG series, 2019. Photo: Aaron Tambour and Michelle Buckley. [/imagecaption]

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In 2018, Cree Senator Lillian Dyck co-authored a paper that analysed data from around 800 cases involving violence against women between 1980 and 2013. She found a disparity in convictions for those who kill Indigenous women and those who kill non-Indigenous women. The delivery of more serious convictions in non-Indigenous femicide cases reflects how the lives of Indigenous women are afforded lesser value by the state. Another finding was that Indigenous women were targeted by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous killers, while non-Indigenous women were targeted ‘almost exclusively by non-Indigenous perpetrators.’

Likewise, in 2012 the New York Times reported that charges are filed in only about half of Indian Country murder investigations and nearly two-thirds of sexual assault cases are turned down.


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