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In August of 2017, the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) released a report on National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach. In 2013, the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Report Act (SAFER Act) was passed into law amending the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide funds for grants to be administered to laboratories to address the critical need of eliminating the backlog of sexual assault kits, the law requires an establishment of protocols and practices.

In consultation with Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies, and government laboratories, the Department was required to develop and publish a description of protocols and practices to ensure accurate, timely, and effective collection and processing of DNA evidence, including practices specific to sexual assault cases. To that end, NIJ created the SAFER Working Group, which convened to develop protocols and practices to positively improve sexual assault responses and the experiences of victims.

This report, requested by congress, provides 35 of those recommended practices and protocols. For more information on the 35 recommendations and the report, please visit: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/250384.pdf

The Spring/Summer 2017 edition of The Resource includes the following stories:

  • Rutgers University's campus climate assessment process
  • The new multimedia campaign #LoveWITHAccountability for child incest and sexual abuse survivors of African descent
  • The uSafeNH app that provides information about services and support for survivors in New Hampshire
  • The basics of evaluating prevention work through social media from the Michigan Public Health Institute
  • The Raliance media summit and RALLYs awards

Also included is a look at RESTORE Sexual Assault Service's prevention work in New York, a spotlight on Iowa's service transition, and four resources from the library that might interest you.

From the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families

As communities become more culturally and linguistically diverse, community-based service organizations (CBOs) are called to do more to reduce disparities in access and use of important social services. An important strategy is developing cultural competency—behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enable CBOs to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. This resource guide identifies easily accessible resources on cultural competency that CBOs can use to become more responsive to the needs of their targeted populations, and to help attract funds to support their important work.

In June 2017, comedian Bill Cosby will stand trial for aggravated indecent assault of a woman in his Montgomery County home more than a decade ago. The following fact sheet provides important context on sexual violence, including victim behavior and trauma, offender dynamics, and the use of drugs and alcohol to perpetrate sexual violence, to members of the media covering the trial and other interested parties.

These talking points cover the key highlights of The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) 2010-2012 State Report.

This tip sheet for journalists includes best practices and story ideas for writing about sexual violence.

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine recently published research on the lifetime economic burden of rape among U.S. adults. These talking points discuss the findings as well as the importance of prevention efforts. 

This report highlights six state- and local-level approaches to evaluation and explores organizational and individual factors of evaluation capacity.

Image of Letter to the Editor TemplateThis sample proclamation allows individuals or organizations to commit to the prevention of sexual violence.

Image of Proclamation TemplateThis publication provides a template for bringing the prevention of sexual violence to the attention of local media outlets.

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