WHAT WE DO

Where All Women Are Honored is a healing center that houses survivors of intimate partner violence, sex trafficking and sexual assault. 
 
We shelter and advocate for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking.
Our program is about empowering each individual with a strong cultural basis rooted in healing the individual.

We provide culturally relevant programs and community outreach which will contribute to social change through intervention, prevention, education and community awareness.

 

We also provide community education about teen dating violence and stalking. 
 
We assist in referrals for legal advocacy and provide transportation to medical visits, schools and provide other various needs of the survivors. 
 
We are currently operating on a 24 hour basis with volunteers.  
 
We provide services throughout the Rapid City area, including the surrounding hills, as well as networking with the Pine Ridge, Eagle Butte and Rosebud Sioux Reservations, providing safety and relays to safety or shelter.
OUR PHILOSOPHIES AND APPROACH

Winyan Wicayuonihan Oyanke is committed to the prevention that is the work necessary to build a community without sexual violence, domestic violence, teen dating violence, and sex trafficking. 

Prevention: Creating a Culture Free of Abuse • Primary Prevention: a systematic process that promotes healthy environments and behaviors and reduces the likelihood of an incident, condition, or injury before it occurs in the first place.

Culture will be at the forefront of the healing process for our survivors.  The wild flowers in this picture are all a natural means of healing and will be a part of the learning and healing process.

Framing Prevention

We must change the prevailing norms such as:

  • Limited Roles for Women and Girls

  • Restricted Gender Roles for Men and Boys

  • Power • Violence • Secrecy and Privacy

 

Assimilation, integration and colonization is the root of the collapse of our family systems.  The forced removal of Native children at the age of 3 and 4 had a devastating impact on the very thread of our society.  General Pratts premise for developing the boarding school system was, “Kill the Indian, Save the man!"

We have survived physically, the genocide; only to experience the effect of cultural cleansing of our People, we now suffer with the root cause of sexual violence, domestic violence, sex trafficking and teen dating violence.

Changing Norms

As a society we obtain most of our information through media, and much of that media is infiltrated with negative messaging, rigid gender roles, stereotypes and victim-blaming. 

 

One of our primary goals at Winyan Wicayuonihan Oyanke is to implement media literacy campaigns with Lakota thought & philosophy aimed at youth and families that strengthen the positive enforcement of healthy family values.  It is a great way to challenge current social and cultural norms “It is unreasonable to expect that people will change their behavior easily  when so many forces in  the social, cultural, and physical environment conspire against such change.”

Media Campaigns

Before violence - Comprehensive school based programs go beyond educating students about sexual violence, domestic violence, sex trafficking  and dating violence. 

 

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • classroom presentations,

  • teacher training,

  • parent education,

  • school prevention policies,

  • peer education programs,

  • youth-led organizations,

  • theater-based projects and

  • social marketing.

Comprehensive School-Based Prevention

Winyan Wicayuonihan Oyanke believes in community mobilization and techniques culturally  implemented into  our sexual assault and domestic violence prevention work through Lakota thought & philosophy.

There is value in logic models when planning domestic and sexual violence primary prevention efforts. It starts by looking at how logic models build on existing strengths. The community input in the logic models are a simple series of questions and exploring the steps in creating local logic models, as each community is unique and diverse.

Sharing a quote from a Lakota elder:  “The skills and the knowledge you have learned, you may pass on to another man, but they will always belong to you.  They will not come and go as riches do.”

Community Mobilization

The promotion of gender equity and positive masculinity are key to interrupting harmful social norms that contribute to violence.  We exist in a male-dominated social system, and men receive harmful messages about the dominant constructions of masculinity, or “what it takes to be a man”. 

 

Many programs are engaging men and boys in violence prevention work by using educational and social media approaches to dispel those myths and re-envision masculinity.  

A medicine man by the name of Robert Steed

Working With Men and Boys

American Indian women living in “Indian Country” experience unique challenges that intensify the epidemic of violence against them.

 

Higher rates of exposure to traumatic events coupled with the overarching cultural, historical, and intergenerational traumas make this population more vulnerable to post traumatic stress disorder.

Culture and Language Necessary for the Healing Process of Survivors

Bystander Education

Bystander education in our schools, media campaigns and school outreach seeks to offer a way for everyone to become involved in the prevention of violence, educating people to know how to safely and effectively intervene and challenge social norms and behaviors.   Red flag campaigns are also very effective in the prevention and bystander education.

 

Extended safety and support

In the work to end violence against Indian women, many Native nations are finding that shelter options alone do not provide the time or the stability for women to create a solid base for change in their lives.

Housing

Longer-term housing and affordable permanent housing that goes beyond providing simply the physical structure, needs to be implemented in order to create opportunities for battered women leaving abusive relationships to live in a community that extends safety, support and a place to work toward reclaiming their connections with themselves and each other.

Emerging Trends/Interventions

WE ARE A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION.  YOUR GENEROSITY HELPS SUSTAIN OUR PROGRAMS. THANK YOU!

Winyan Wicayuonihan Oyanke

WHERE ALL WOMEN ARE HONORED

(605) 391-2609

Contact Us

Mail:

Where All Women Are Honored

PO Box 166

Porcupine, SD 57772

 

Address:

Sioux San Campus

3200 Canyon Lake Drive  House 8

Rapid City, SD 57702