Boom Island Park in Minneapolis will be the site of a memorial to honor survivors of sexual violence. Organizers say it is the first of its type in the United States.

In the words of the organizers, the memorial’s goal is to “let survivors know that our community believes them, supports them and stands with them.”

The driving force behind the memorial is Sarah Super, a survivor of sexual violence who started the group “Break the Silence.”

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During the 2019 legislative session, Mary Lahammer reported on lawmakers’ efforts to address issues of sexual violence. Along the way, many of them shared their personal experiences of abuse. 

Despite the fact that Native American women make up less than 1 percent of the state’s population, they experience murder rates at 10 times the national average. While many of these murders go unnoticed in the criminal justice system, this year marked a turning point as several different proposals presented solutions to the state legislature. 

Almanac’s One Greater Minnesota reporter Kaomi Goetz ventured to northern Minnesota to investigate how the national spike in reports of human sexual trafficking is impacting rural communities in the state.