This year, VALOR selected the theme Equity in Action for major awareness events and the National Sexual Assault Conference®. We’ve called on individuals, communities, and systems to embody equity in action, because without action, we are not advancing an equitable agenda to prevent and end sexual violence.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day requires us to reckon with our past and push for change. It requires us to embody Equity in Action. VALOR is committed to deepening our support of Native and Indigenous survivors, advocates, and communities, and uplifting their work.
Take time to explore Native and Indigenous anti-violence organizations and learn more about their ongoing work.
- The Alliance of Tribal Coalitions to End Violence (ATCEV) is a Native organized and led nonprofit that supports Tribal coalitions, Tribal government, Tribal communities, and Tribal sexual and domestic violence direct service providers. Learn more about ATCEV’s ongoing advocacy work on their website.
- Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) is dedicated to building resources and creating awareness to eliminate sexual violence against Indian women and children. MIWSAC is available to assist Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program grantees with building culturally responsive services. We encourage you to reach out for support and you can learn more on their website.
- National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native-led anti-violence organization dedicated to ending violence against Native women and children. Check out NIWRC’s resources, upcoming trainings, social media, and awareness campaigns
- Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition Inc., is California’s Native American sexual assault coalition. They bring awareness to all types of gender-based violence against American Indian and Alaskan Native people and work to “increase the approachability to improving systemic and community responses to victims.” Visit their website for awareness campaigns, publications, and upcoming events.
- StrongHearts Native Helpline was launched in 2017 and is a dedicated hotline to support Native American and Alaska Native communities across the United States who are impacted by sexual and domestic violence. Access their website for support.
- Access MIWSAC’s website for a full list of Tribal Technical Assistance Providers and Tribal Coalitions.
Watch the 2023 NSAC welcome address from Leanne Guy, Executive Director of the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition, Keely Linton, Executive Director of Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition, and Nicole Matthews, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition.