ERIC Number: ED276551
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Sexual Molestation of Children in Indian Country. Hearing on S. 1818, a Bill to Prevent the Sexual Molestation of Children in Indian Country. Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary. United States Senate, Ninety-Ninth Congress, First Session (November 19, 1985).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
A hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary concerning S. 1818, a bill to prevent sexual molestation of children in Indian country, provides a forum for witnesses and describes a child advocacy program. Three witnesses from Fort Peck Reservation, Montana, describe incidence and characteristics of sexual abuse on the reservation and discuss legal problems encountered in bringing abusers to court. They offer suggestions about judicial reform, revision of restrictive federal and tribal laws, and establishment of child advocacy programs. Testimony includes constitution and bylaws of one such program on the reservation--Voices for Children. A United States Department of Justice witness clarifies the relationship of the proposed bill to existing legislation and emphasizes that the bill would ensure equality of punishment for sexual abuse offenses whether defendants and victims are Indian or non-Indian. Other witnesses include the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians who estimates the number of Indian children covered by the legislation to be 375,000, and the Director of the American Indian Law Center, Inc., of Albuquerque, New Mexico, who details problems of investigation and prosecution of child sexual abuse in Indian country and urges federal action to compensate for limitations of tribal courts. (LFL)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.