Jeremy Nevilles-Sorell


Quarantining at home may be one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19, but it also means more people are staying home - alone - with their abusers.

And it's no accident, either, that isolating the victim from their support system and other people is one of the first tools an abuser uses to control their partner.

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Jeremy NeVilles-Sorell just wishes he'd gotten started ten years ago.

Mending the Sacred Hoop's training and resource director is celebrating 25 years with the organization, long enough to see societal thought about violence against women begin to shift in some significant directions.

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Jeremy NeVilles-Sorell says, when it comes to the #metoo hashtag, for Native women it could be #metooX4.  Or X6.

He knows through his work at Mending the Sacred Hoop that Native women are more likely to suffer violence or sexual assault multiple times in their lives.

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We kick off a four-part series this week about privilege.  Just like the title says, who has it?  Who doesn't?  And who doesn't see it?

Jeremy Nevilles-Sorell of Mending the Sacred Hoop joins us to set the stage: what is it about being called "privileged" that makes so many people defensive ... and could we substitute words like "societal norms" or "advantages" or "luck" to talk about the same thing?