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Ending Sexual Violence and Sexual Exploitation in First Nation Communities
Unlike violence in mainstream populations, violence in First Nation communities has its roots in colonization and processes that perpetrate trauma. This trauma transcends from one generation to the next and continues over time as it consistently targets the whole population, as is the case with First Nation people. The issue of sexual violence and sexual exploitation has been well documented in many national, provincial, and regional conversations. The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples1 reported a high rate of First Nation peoples have been impacted by sexual trauma. Residential schools are known for the harms against children in their care, especially for sexual abuse, and we know that these learned sexual behaviours were carried home into First Nation communities.