Sexual Assault

To get help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233 and/or WomenSpirit Coalition, 360-683-2254.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Victims of sexual assault can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment, or marital status.

Sexual Assault Examples

  • Coercive sexual intercourse
  • Unwanted touch/fondling
  • Forced sodomy
  • Child molestation/child sexual assault
  • Incest
  • Non consensual sex imaging, “revenge porn”
  • Rape
  • Coercive reproduction, to name a few

To Get Help

To get help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233 and/or WomenSpirit Coalition, 360-683-2254.

For Tribes/Organizations

Current statistics report that American Indians are 2.5 times more likely to be sexually assaulted  compared to all other races, and one in three Indian women reports having been raped in her lifetime.

According to a 2007 Amnesty International Report, Maze of Injustice, “Over the past decade, federal government studies have consistently shown that American Indian and Alaska Native women experience much higher levels of sexual violence than other women in the USA. Data gathered by the US Department of Justice indicates that Native American and Alaska Native women are more than 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than women in the USA in general. A US Department of Justice study on violence against women concluded that 34.1 per cent of American Indian and Alaska Native women – or more than one in three – will be raped during their lifetime; the comparable figure for the USA as a whole is less than one in five. Shocking though these statistics are, it is widely believed that they do not accurately portray the extent of sexual violence against Native American and Alaska Native women.”

WomenSpirit Coalition (WSC) can help Tribes and other organizations find ways to stop sexual assault against Native women, and bring perpetrators to justice. WSC offers staff training and program development consultation. We host conferences and community events for staff and tribal community members to address sexual assault/domestic violence and offer solutions. Please call us, 360-683-2254.