In recognition of the increasing role that social media plays in the lives of survivors as well as programs and staff, PCAR & PCADV published this tool to help address the benefits and risks of social media use by people who have experienced sexual and domestic violence.

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In recognition of the increasing role that social media plays in the lives of survivors as well as programs and staff, PCAR & PCADV introduced this tool to address the benefits and risks of social media use within anti-violence programs.

View this resource.
 

This document discusses information on confidentiality and releases of information for individuals who have experienced sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking, or harassment.  The information provided is based on U.S. Federal Laws, and is intended for advocates and employees of other organizations who may serve these individuals. 

The following document provides a working chart of questions to consider when selecting a database for an organization.  These questions may be useful in determining which database will provide the most benefits in terms of privacy and confidentiality, as well as security.

NJOV collected information from a national sample of law enforcement agencies about the prevalence of arrests for and characteristics of Internet sex crimes against minors in the criminal justice system in the 12 months following July 1, 2000 and again in calendar year 2006.

The National Juvenile Online Victim Study: Methodology Report

Presents findings on nonfatal stalking victimization in the U.S., based on the largest data collection of such behavior to date. Data were collected in a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) and sponsored by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Topics covered in the report are stalking and harassment prevalence rates by demographic characteristics, offender characteristics, victim-offender relationship, duration of stalking, cyberstalking, protection measures, and emotional impact. The report also includes data on whether victim sought help from others, involvement of a weapon, injuries, other crimes perpetrated by the stalker, and response by the criminal justice system.

Stalking Victimization in the United States

This VAWnet special collection focuses on the use of technology as it impacts and intersects with violence against women and children. This categorized and annotated listing of selected articles, fact sheets, papers, reports, websites, and other materials is offered as an additional tool to assist advocates working on and interested in the safe use of technology. This resource was developed in collaboration with SafetyNet: the National Safe & Strategic Technology Project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.
Technology Safety & Advocacy Special Collection

This report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children describes the responses of youth who were surveyed about their use of the internet and experiences while online, which includes exposure to unwanted sexual material and harassment.
 
Online Victimization: A Report on the Nation's Youth

This article summarizes current research on online sexual victimization and compares it to media accounts. The finding in the article reveal that contrary to stereotype, most internet sex offenders are not adults who target young children by posing as another youth, luring children to meetings, and then abducting or forcibly raping them. Rather, most online sex offenders are young adults who target teens and seduce victims into sexual relationships. They take time to develop the trust and confidence of victims, so that the youth see these relationships as romances or sexual adventures. They recommend that prevention efforts with adolescents be targeted, age-appropriate, and include frank discussions of sexuality and the hazards of relationships with older people.
 
Online “Predators” and Their Victims: Myths, Realities, and Implications for Prevention and Treatment

This report from the Office on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides an overview of arrests, types of crimes, characteristics of offenders and ways that the criminal justice system is handling internet sex crimes against minors.
 
Internet Sex Crimes Against Minors: The Response of Law Enforcement

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