Urban Indian Health Institute
In honor of the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, we are releasing the fourth report of the Our Bodies, Our Stories project, which is a series of reports that detail the scope and impact of violence against Native women and girls.
In September 2020, Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) released Supporting the Sacred: Womxn of Resilience, which was a grant opportunity for Native femme-identifying survivors of sexual violence who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This opportunity was open to survivors living in or near one of our 62 service areas across the United States. We worked to ensure representation from across the country.
Along with a goal of distributing funding to support Native femme-identifying survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic, we provided a platform for survivors to share their story. Survivors were asked a series of questions with the goal of identifying needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, resources available for survivors of sexual violence in urban Native communities, and recommendations for the resources still needed for healing. The purpose of the project was to gather information to highlight the strengths Native communities already have and insights that may assist organizations and communities in better serving Native survivors of sexual violence.
Supporting the Sacred: Womxn of Resilience is a powerful display of strength and resilience from femme-identifying Native survivors of sexual violence. It is a collection of their stories, their ways of healing, and their willingness to share so other survivors know they aren’t alone.
Thank you to all of the survivors who shared their stories with us and those who weren’t quite ready to share. We see you. We love you. We are here for you. We will continue to act.