Native American women are 2.5 times more likelyto experience violent crime and twice as likely tobe raped or sexually assaulted
61% of Native women will beassaulted in their lifetimes
34% of Native women will beraped in their lifetimes
Native American women are trafficked intothe sex trade at a rate 20 times higher thanthat of the general population
Join BoldeReach as we help Pathfinder Center rescue Native American victims of sex trafficking and support them in building a new future.
Native Women are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence and abuse—they are 2.5 times more likely to be assaulted, twice as likely to be raped as non-native women, and they are 20 times more likely to be trafficked into the sex trade. Victims are often young girls. One prosecuted case came from an ad offering sex with a 12-year-old at the Sturgis motorcycle rally. But prosecution is only the beginning. Where can the women and children who have suffered this horrendous abuse put their lives back together? Trafficked humans need secure locations with specialized support. This is a particular challenge for rural native communities.
Sex trafficking is modern-day slavery, and one of the most difficult crimes to track and enforce.
Tackling this grim but critical challenge is the Pathfinder Center, an innovative new shelter launched in 2017 and located in central South Dakota. Pathfinder Center is the first organized safehouse of its kind—set up and run by Natives for trafficking victims, who will find shelter, physical healing, trauma counseling, training and education, and the chance to begin building their future. Pathfinder women are provided with stable, safe housing and protection from traffickers. They become part of a healthy, safe community of support that provides compassionate assistance while they address pressing legal, medical and emotional needs. The Center is a welcoming space meant to be a home for recovering “sisters” for as long as one year. Each room is individually decorated, a place of refuge and homecoming for women and girls who have experienced profound trauma and detachment.
Pathfinder was built from love.
No government institution created this miracle. It began with a vision of its director, who felt she was being called to help. From there she garnered the resources to create this extraordinary place that welcomes trafficked women and children of all ages, races, and backgrounds, and begins the healing process. The people of Pathfinder understand that trauma impacts all of us. When we help others heal, we help everyone heal, including ourselves.
Give to Pathfinder Center and Help Change a Life
Some of the ways your donation can help-
- $25.00 Welcome Home Basket – filled with personal care and hygiene items, as well as a contemplative gift such as a journal.
- $100.00 Partner – be our partner in helping Pathfinder Center provide counseling, medical and dental assistance to the women they serve.
- $250.00 Ally – it takes a lot to keep Pathfinder Center up and running smoothly. Help keep the facility’s lights on and operating at full capacity.
- $500.00 Educational Sponsorship – give a survivor the hope of a successful future by supporting them in obtaining their GED, computer training and other educational opportunities.
- $1,000.00 Intern Sponsorship – interns and volunteers provide invaluable assistance. They will be provided food and lodging during their stay.
- $3,000.00 (FUNDED) Communal Greenhouse – a heated greenhouse will provide the opportunity to grow organic food for the Center, and potentially, for resale in the future.
- $5,000.00 A Year of Hope – contribute to a year in the future of a survivor. Provide food, shelter and counseling to a woman who has endured the most difficult of hardships.
- $10,000.00 Solar Panels – help Pathfinder create an energy efficient building and reduce the financial burden by installing solar panels.