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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a time to shed light on the pervasive issue of sexual violence within Indigenous communities.

Established in 2001, SAAM has been a vital platform for raising awareness, supporting survivors, and challenging societal norms that perpetuate sexual assault. Among the broader discourse on sexual violence, the plight of Native women and children often remains overlooked.

According to Amnesty International, American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped than non-Native women in the United States. One in three Native women will be raped in their lifetime. At least 86% of perpetrators of these crimes are non-Native men.

https://nativenewsonline.net/health/april-is-sexual-assault-awareness-month

 

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