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Just Science Podcast: Just Sexual Assault Response in Indigenous Communities

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Mark Pooley
Date Published
April 2023

This podcast episode discusses how the challenges faced by indigenous communities impact sexual assault investigations.


In this fourth episode of Just Science Podcast’s 2023 Sexual Assault Awareness Month mini season, host Tyler Raible interviews Mark Pooley, the founder of Native Search Solutions. The podcasters discuss how the geographic isolation of indigenous communities contributes to a lack of resources such as police staff and training, healthcare, and even access to the internet, and how those challenges in conjunction with other cultural and historical considerations can make it difficult to effectively conduct sexual assault and other violent crime investigations in indigenous jurisdictions. Mark Pooley describes his experience with violent crime investigations within Native American populations, the specific needs of indigenous communities, and possible steps to promote reform in sexual assault response.