Sexual violence against native women on campus

The Amer­i­can Indian Stu­dent & Cul­tural Cen­ter (AISCC) is a place on campus that houses several native student organizations such as Wunk Sheek.

By Ting-Chia Kan

Native students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are dedicated to addressing the prevalence of sexual violence against indigenous women campus.

Native women had been much more likely to face sexual violence while they were studying in UW-Madison. According to the UW American Association of Universities Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault Climate Survey conducted in 2015, 46.2 percent of female native undergraduates experienced sexual violence on campus, and the number was much higher than the average — 27.6 percent.

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Rural Wisconsin continues to face shortages in mental health care

By Benita Mathew

Counties in Wisconsin are facing severe shortages in mental health services, but rural areas in the state continue to fall the most behind. In fact, a report by the Wisconsin Policy Forum found that more than 75 percent of Wisconsin’s rural counties face a “significant shortage” of psychiatrists. However, the shortages expand beyond psychiatrists alone. Wisconsinites struggle to find access to therapists or money to cover mental health care costs, leaving many people’s mental illnesses untreated in rural communities.

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