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The U.S. Government must protect Indigenous women from sexual violence

Sexual violence against Indigenous women in the United States is at epidemic proportions. More than 1 in 2 of all American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime, and they are 2.2 times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to be raped.

The U.S. government has failed to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence and is restricting tribal governments from doing so. Amnesty International reporting finds that high rates of sexual violence have been compounded by the:

  • Federal government’s steady erosion of tribal government authority
  • Complex jurisdictional maze that Native survivors of sexual violence must navigate when seeking justice
  • Chronic under-resourcing of the law enforcement agencies and Indigenous health services
  • Inadequate response of justice systems to crimes of sexual violence

The U.S. government’s inaction is a serious human rights issue. This epidemic of violence has raged for too long, and Indigenous women cannot wait any longer.

Raise your voice: Call on Congress to act now and protect Indigenous women from sexual violence.


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