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Ensure Native women’s equal access to care after sexual assault


All women have the right to be safe and free from violence, the right to adequate and equal health care, and the right to justice. That’s why we are pressuring Indian Health Service to implement its sexual assault protocols across IHS centers and protect Native women’s health care to ensure that the rights of women are protected.

Native American and Alaska Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped than non-Native women in the United States: 1 in 3 Native women will be raped during her lifetime. In 2011, Indian Health Service (IHS), the federal agency responsible for providing Native health care, implemented sexual assault protocols that included guidelines for post-rape care. Native health activists report, however, that these protocols are unevenly, if ever, fully implemented. Sexual violence against women is not only a criminal or social issue, it is a human rights abuse.

Send an email to Indian Health Service today asking them to guarantee Native women’s equal access to care after sexual assault.

Acting Director
Indian Health Services