Sexual Assault and Indigenous Women


As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and in honor of Indigenous Peoples in North America, UNAVSA released graphics on statistics of violence against Indigenous Women. In our original post, we included the following:

  • Indigenous populations in North America have a much greater rate of sexual assault and domestic violence than any other ethnicity.
  • According to a 2004 report by the Native Women’s Association of Canada, “Aboriginal women 15 years and older are 3.5 times more likely to experience violence than non-Aboriginal women.” |
  • In the US, RAINN reports that “American Indians are twice as likely to experience a rape/sexual assault compared to all races…41% of sexual assaults against American Indians are committed by a stranger; 34% by an acquaintance; and 25% by an intimate or family member.” |
  • There are many systemic barriers to support and help indigenous people in danger. Particularly for indigenous women and transgender/non-binary individuals, they are at even greater risk of sexual violence due to the intersection of their ethnicity and their gender. Beyond that, they are often the victims of family violence.

How can I help? Become an ally by familiarizing yourself with the issues at hand by visiting the links below.

  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls & Violence Prevention page of the NWAC |
  • “Barriers to Reporting in Indigenous Communities” written by RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) |

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April 17, 2020