Sexual Violence is not a new concept in tribal communities. Since colonization, Native men, women have experienced it in overwhelming numbers. Sexual violence can include everything from catcalling, sexual harassment, molestation, incest, and rape. At CSVANW, we support tribal communities who are doing the difficult work of advocating for survivors, advocating for funding, and advocating for the end of sexual violence against all Native men, women, and children.
More than half of Native women (56%) have experienced sexual violence.1
In New Mexico, 88% of Native survivors reported that their offender was also Native.2
Only 17% of sexual assault are reported in New Mexico.2
Native women are 2.5 times more likely to experience rape than other women in the nation.3
1. National Institute of Justice Research Report, Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men, May 2016
2. Betty Caponera, Sex Crimes Trends in New Mexico, January 2016
3. U.S. Department of Justice, Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women, November 2000
When we discuss topics like sexual violence in our tribal communities, it is important to recognize and honor the resilience of our peoples. We know that sexual violence affects everyone- no one is exempt from the impact of sexual violence. And in those times of need, we honor not only our survivors but our advocates and programs who work tirelessly to stand beside our victims on their journey to healing.
SAAM: Respect Our Boundaries Live Q&A (April 15, 2020)
Sexual Violence in Tribal Communities TLS Brief
Hotlines & Helplines
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How to Support a Sexual Violence Survivor
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
24-hour Hotline: (505) 884-SANE (7263)
Services are FREE and include a medical/forensic exam after an assault, pregnancy & STD prevention, referrals to support services, and assault documentation
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