The National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault strives to be your one-stop, comprehensive source for information on sexual violence in Indian Country.
Browse through the NICCSA site and find important federal legislation, Tribal codes, cutting edge articles by Indian Country experts, and funding opportunities.
As part of the ongoing collaborative efforts between the Department of Justice's MMIP Initiative and the Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives (Operation Lady Justice), today the Department published the first of two issues of the DOJ Journal dedicated to the topics of missing or murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. There are many excellent articles in this edition, which examines the role of law enforcement, prevention, culture and medical treatment for victims. The second issue is set for publication in March. Links to the Journal are set forth below.
In this 3 minute video, Arlene Obrien (Tohono O'odham) discusses the neurobiology of trauma and the most common responses that victims may experience during crimes of sexual violence.
In this 2 minute video, Hester Kay Manuel (Akimel O'odham) explains the legal definition of consensual sexual contact in sexual assault crimes.
In this 3 minute video, Arlene Obrien (Tohono O'odham) and Hester Kay Manuel (Akimel O'odham) describe the necessary steps in explaining the sexual assault examination to a survivor and in obtaining permission to conduct the exam.
Brush up remotely on guideline application basics by completing these eLearning modules:
Access amendments to specific provisions and the Commission's reasons for those amendments with the Guidelines Manual Annotated.
Protecting Survivor Privacy When Working From Home: A Guide for OVW-Funded Victim Service Prodviders.
Victim Advocates are at the forefront of advancing safety and justice for American Indian and Alaska Native victims of sexual violence, often standing on the frontlines and fighting many hard-won battles. This section is dedicated to aiding victim advocates in Indian Country by supplying them with the tools and resources they need to perform their jobs more efficiently.
The "What is Sexual Assault" tab contains all of the basic legal concepts related to sexual violence. This section also contains information on the importance of proving all the statutory elements of the crime, the definition of "consent", and a listing of all of the tribal, state, and federal sexual assault statutes.
Sexual Violence can have serious medical and health consequences for the victim and her family. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) tab explains the key role of the SANE in a coordinated Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), SANE certification, and the SANE Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE).
Not every victim presents with the same needs. This tab addresses some of the unique considerations affecting many American Indian/Alaska Native victims and contains information on topics ranging from the sexual abuse of elders to sexual violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) victims.
Alaska’s official rate of sexual violence is 2.5 times that of the national average, one of the highest in the United States and in the world. The rate of sexual violence committed against Alaskans under the age of 18 is, shockingly, almost 6 times that of the national average.
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