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Navajo Nation leaders stage walk to raise awareness of sexual assault

Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty and Tommy Tsosie, legislative staff assistant with the Office of the Speaker, walk Monday in Window Rock, Ariz., to raise awareness for the prevention of sexual assault on the Navajo Nation. (Daily Times Photo/Noel Lyn Smith)

WINDOW ROCK, Arizona – Leaders on the Navajo Nation took time prior to the start of the tribal council’s Spring Session on Monday to focus on awareness and prevention of sexual assault.

To further conversation, Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty led an awareness walk with the purpose to honor victims of violence on the Navajo Nation and to advocate for survivor resources, to encourage dialogue, and to shed light on a topic that is often hidden in tribal communities.

“You have to be courageous to have these conversations because that’s what healing takes,” Crotty said.

The walk from the Navajo Nation Shopping Center Inc. parking lot to the tribal council chamber coincided with National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

It was conducted under public health guidelines. Crotty, who serves as chairwoman of the council’s subcommittee focusing on sexual assault prevention, spoke live on Facebook during the walk to encourage others to join at home.

At the council chamber, Crotty was joined by Speaker Seth Damon, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and first lady Phefelia Nez.

“It’s so important to bring awareness of these two topics,” Phefelia Nez said.

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