Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: Red Dress Exhibit

On view throughout Corning, May 3 – 14, 2021

One in three Native American (indigenous) women is sexually assaulted during her life. Native American women are more than twice as likely to experience violence than any other demographic and they are murdered at rates that are more than 10 times the national average, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Sexual assault and domestic violence can happen anywhere to anyone, but it happens at an alarming rate within Native American communities due to jurisdiction issues and lack of understanding in knowing what law applies to the crime committed, whether the law is federal, state, local or tribal law. With that, many crimes go unresolved and the perpetrators are not prosecuted. This has contributed to a growing number of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) in the US. 

See Red Dresses installed at The Rockwell Museum (at Buechner Park and in the Southwest Lodge), on the campus of Corning Community College and in Corning’s downtown storefronts. The Red Dresses are a visual expression of grief for thousands of Native victims, serving as stand-ins for the thousands of native women who go missing or are murdered each year. 

Related MMIW Events in Corning

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May 5 |  National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Awareness Day

Wear RED and post images to social media with the hashtag #MMIWsupport

May 12, 6 – 7:30 p.m. | MMIW Awareness Panel Discussion

Registration details coming soon.

The public is invited to join in a virtual discussion that will highlight why MMIW awareness is happening. Hear from the Seven Dancer Coalition, a Native American resource for sexual assault and domestic violence; listen to a local survivor of domestic violence and learn more about community resources for sexual abuse and domestic violence. 

This collaborative effort includes community partners: Corning Native American Council, SUNY Corning Community College, Diversity & Inclusion office, The Gaffer District, The Rockwell Museum, and Planned Parenthood of Greater NY. 


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