Sexual violence is not traditional. It is a tool and result of colonization, which is responsible for the theft, occupation, resource extraction, and exploitation of Native lands that continues to this day.

In Indigenous communities in the United States, more than half of American Indian and Alaska Native women (56.1 percent) have experienced sexual violence in their lives and the vast majority (96 percent) are victimized by a non-Native perpetrator.

Read more on NIWRC’s joint statement with StrongHearts Native Helpline