NCCASA Statement Against AAPI Violence
March 17, 2021
March 17, 2021
The increase in harassment and violence against Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) is unacceptable. The hate crime that took place on Tuesday, March 16 in Atlanta, Georgia is not only appalling, but an indescribable tragedy. NCCASA remains in solidarity with the AAPI community in Georgia and across the country.
Racism, misogyny, xenophobia and white supremacy have no place in our country. Since March 19, 2020, there have been 3,795 reports of hate incidents against the AAPI community. It is our collective responsibility to do more than just condemn hate. We must create lasting change that ensures the AAPI community is safe and experiences no more harm.
According to the Sexual Violence in Asian and Pacific Islander Communities factsheet, 23% of AAPI women experienced some form of contact sexual violence, 10% experienced completed or attempted rape, and 21% had non-contact unwanted sexual experiences during their lifetime. Of AAPI men, 9% experienced some form of contact sexual violence, and 9% had non-contact unwanted sexual experiences during their lifetime.
NCCASA uses a social justice framework, and is rooted in an intersectional approach. We will continue to advocate for policies that will combat violence and hatred. We stand with the AAPI community, who are also our colleagues, supporters and survivors. NCCASA is committed to standing alongside our partners in the immigrant rights movement for a future where all people can thrive.