From Amnesty International
This week, after powerful testimony on sexual violence against Native Women, we finally have Congress' attention and a small window to make an impact while the legislation is being drafted.
Help close the gap on law enforcement and health care for Native women.
Tell the committee leadership to increase funding for the Indian Health Service and help enable Native Women sexual assault survivors to receive adequate medical treatment.
Sarah Deer's testimony before the committee was a truly historic moment in this long battle for the rights of Native American and Alaska Native women. We are asking the Subcommittee to increase federal funding for programs to help combat sexual violence against Native American and Alaska Native women as well as to include specific language directing health care providers and law enforcement officials to document the number of sexual assault cases that occur, who the perpetrators are, and where the assaults take place. If we can convince them to include this important language now, there is a good chance it will become a part of the final bill.
In our report, Maze of Injustice, we uncovered that Native American and Alaska Native women are more than 2.5 times more likely to be sexually assaulted or raped than women in general in the US and that one in three will be raped in their lifetime. Astonishingly enough, experts believe these numbers to be an underestimate because sexual violence against Native women frequently goes undocumented.
Help us stop this epidemic of sexual violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women.
Thanks for your support,
Director, Stop Violence Against Women Campaign
Amnesty International USA