A Sioux Native American Reservation Is A Hotbed Of Flagrant Child Rapists

native american reservation The Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in North Dakota reads like the tenth circle hell for any child, judging by The New York Times reporting. And conversely, a hot bed of child rape. You know where this is going.

Described as “common” and “barely concealed,” sexual violence against children has reached such astronomical numbers that the reservation has “the highest proportion of sex offenders in the country.” Child rapists include everyone from your random local Santa Claus to fathers, uncles, and grandfathers, producing “generations of victims” from the same family who have been violated by generations of abusers from other families.

Law enforcement reportedly doesn’t give a damn about these kids, meaning that very few arrests are made, and therefore the crimes are rarely reported. Such a deeply toxic cycle has produced the following scope of abuse:

The reservation has 38 registered sex offenders among its 6,200 residents, a rate of one offender for every 163 residents. By contrast, Grand Forks, N.D., about 85 miles away, has 13 sex offenders out of a population of 53,000 — a rate of about one in 4,000.

The violence can only be described as “sadistic,” in which the rape, sodomy, and sometimes murder of children is “so accepted, that it is considered so normal,” according to Molly McDonald, a Sioux judge working with many of these cases. The abuse is so common that child rapists don’t even hesitate to share their exploits openly, such as the government employee who “publicly complained” that his daughter had bitten his penis. Another 9-year-old girl described giving oral sex to a grown man only to have social workers and police officers “fail to act.”

Quentin Yankton, a convicted child rapist, has a record of abusing kids dating all the way back to 1976. But when he raped his niece in 1992, resulting in her becoming pregnant with twins, Yankton told the authorities that he was entitled to abuse the girl because his brother had done the same to her. That would be her father. Although Yankton got 12 years, his brother was never prosecuted. However, to fully illustrate this “generations of victims” and “generations of abusers” portrait, consider that Yankton’s half-brother was convicted in 2008 for liquoring up a 12-year-old and molesting her after she passed out.

Federal agencies have reportedly stepped in to help, but the extent of that aid only goes towards scolding employees who aren’t discreet when talking about their underage victims and questioning others. Thomas F. Sullivan, a director of the federal Administration for Children and Families, has been described as a “crucial whistle-blower” with his periodic reports to Washington. But, not surprisingly, he has been prevented from sharing his findings with reporters.

Reasons for the widespread abuse are reported to be “poorly understood” by those peering in, but both alcohol and poverty are listed as elements of interests. How those two directly manifest in a rate of one offender for every 163 residents is well worth uncovering.

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  • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

    This is the saddest report ever, truly awful.

  • dgnfl007

    I am totally shocked and beyond disgusted that this has been allowed to go for so long. Dont tell me that nobody knew the depth of these atrocities. Why are the Native american people and their issues brushed aside for so long and then suddenly its huge and brought out on the table. This has been going on for generations. Once again, the system has failed a people that they have been failing and lying to and ignoring for a million years. Yet, our country goes out of its way to help and aid foreigners.I cant even imagine the ammount of mental damage done to these children who grow up and become molesters themselves. the cycle needs to be stopped now!

    • Lisap

      I am from an area in which a similar case was made famous in the 70′s. When you consider the fact that the ongoing abuse has led to generations of incest and that most of the adults were subjected to the same treatment as children it becomes clearer why the problem is so difficult to correct. While there were very public legal cases and books published about the case in my area decades ago, and though some served jail time and the children removed from the situation it is generally accepted among the community that the same things are continuing to go on. It is hard to completely separate the “children” and the “abusers” because they are all family, they don’t want to be separated, and the lines between one thing and the other are pretty blurry.

  • Lize Du Plessis

    I live in South Africa, but I want to help! What can we do??

  • Lastango

    I don’t have information about child abuse specifically, but in Canada criminality of various kinds, including financial plundering by band leaders, is rampant on many indian reserves. Politically-correct authorities at all levels run scared in front of it, as noted journalist Christie Blatchford outlined in her book “Helpless”, about the debacle at Caledonia, Ontario. When prosecutions and convictions occur, sentencing is a joke.