Survey unveils sex abuse of Native American women in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — A 2010 survey shows 94 percent of the 148 women interviewed, all of whom identified as American Indian or Alaska Native, reported they had been raped or were coerced into sex at least once in their lives.

The Seattle Times reports the survey, co-produced by the health institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , documented the experiences of sexual violence among Native-American women living in Seattle.

More than half the women — 53 percent — were homeless at the time they were surveyed.

Urban Indian Health Institute Director Abigail Echo-Hawk discovered the results of the survey in 2016 in the bottom drawer of a file cabinet in the corner of her office.

The health institute released the survey results first in a community meeting Wednesday, and then to the public Thursday.