Advocating to support health
- Child Sexual Assault Prevention
- Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention
- Healthcare Initiative
- Know Your Rights
- National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (VAWnet)
- National Sexual Assault Conference
- Rape Prevention & Education (RPE)
- RPE Council
- Rural Training Project
- Preventing Sexual Violence in Disasters
- SANE Sustainability TA
- Sexual Abuse in Detention Resource Center
- Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative
- Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART)
- Sexual Violence & the Workplace
- US Territories
- Multilingual Access
Advocates working to prevent and respond to sexual violence may find the following resources useful in their work raising awareness and competencies in prevention among health care providers.
A Message for Health Care Providers Concerning Survivors of Sexual Abuse/Assault (3 p.) by Prince Edward Island Rape and Sexual Assault Center. Composed by a local sexual assault center, this resource provides an overview of universal practices and procedures that health care providers can use to more effectively work with individuals who may have experienced sexual violence.
A National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams: Adults/Adolescents (141 p.) by the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). In response to the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, this protocol was developed to guide criminal justice and health care practitioners in responding to sexual assault victims.
A Prosecutor’s Reference: Medical Evidence and the Role of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Cases Involving Adult Victims (40 p.) by Jenifer Markowitz (2010). A monograph for prosecutors explains the role the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and benefits of a medical and care focused SANE experience on later use of evidence and testimony.
A Recovery Bill of Rights for Trauma Survivors (2 p.) by Thomas V. Maguire (1997). To express the rights and power of any person who experiences a trauma, like sexual violence, this resource discusses authority, boundaries, communication, and safety issues. It may help in counseling and supporting individuals impacted by sexual trauma as they make personal decisions for health and healing.
Forensics for Survivors (web portal) by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. To inform people of their medical options for care after a sexual assault, this portal provides links to information on Time-sensitive information collection, going to the hospital, reporting the assault, thinking about next steps, rights as a survivor, and support services available. This page provides information specific to Massachusetts, but could be helpful in explaining options.
Guidelines for the Medico-Legal Care of Victims of Sexual Assault (154 p.) by the World Health Organization (2003). Based on studies showing that abused women seek more medical attention than those who have not experienced abuse, WHO provides these guidelines in an effort to educate health care workers on providing care to victims of sexual assault. It offers standards for the provision and medical and forensic exams and guidance in developing services for women exposed to sexual assault.
Helping Sexual Assault Survivors with Multiple Victimizations and Needs: A guide for agencies serving sexual assault survivors (65 p.) by Jill Davies (2007). Designed for rape crisis centers and victim advocates, this resource addresses the needs of people who have experienced multiple victimizations. It includes practical strategies for meeting these unique needs.
Limitations of the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations (4 p.) by Annie Lewis-O’Connor, Holly Franz, and Lucia Zuniga (2005). This article discusses emergency contraception and sexually transmitted infections, suggesting that the National Protocol lacks clarity on these issues and fails to incorporate best practices for care.
Preventing Pregnancy from Sexual Assault (124 p.) by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the Education Fund of Family Planning Advocates of NYS, & Clara Bell Duvall Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU of PA (2003). A toolkit compiled through joint collaboration, this resource discusses four action strategies for improving hospital policies on the provision of emergency contraception. Through legislation, administrative action, litigation/liability, and voluntary change hospital policies can change to reflect the needs and rights of people who experience sexual assault.
Rape: How women, the community, and the health sector respond (4 p.) by World Health Organization (2007). This research summary explores the research on responses to rape in the immediate and long term. Women who experienced sexual violence reported poorer health and higher rates of substance abuse and self harming behaviors.
Sexual Abuse in Childhood and Dental Fear (4 p.) by Jack Bynes and Carla Santos. This resource provides questions and responses from an interview with Carla Santos, a leading expert on dental fear as a response to childhood sexual abuse. It explains reasons for fear, potentially traumatic practices for the patient, and tips on how to cope with dental fear.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and Victim Sensitive Evidence Collection (48 slides) by National Center for Victims of Crime (2010). These slides from a webinar provide information for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) and others invested and involved in sexual assault forensic exam programs on collecting evidence in a sensitive and informed way. The presentation places emphasis on responding to the needs of individuals who experienced sexual assault as they go through the process of a forensic exam.
Sexual Violence Against Women: Impact on High-Risk Health Behaviors and Reproductive Health (10 p.) by Sandra L. Martin and Rebecca J. Macy, with contributions from Janice A. Mirabassi (2009). In an effort to accessibly summarize research findings, this report provides an overview of the effects of sexual violence on women and resulting high-risk health behaviors. The document explains that certain social and economic factors, like poverty or discrimination, may influence experiences and health outcomes.
What Advocates Need to know about therapy: Working with children, adolescents, and families (40 p.) by the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (2010). Advocacy for children, adolescents, and their families involves making connections to valuable community resources to promote healing. This guide provides information on how to establish good connections to therapists in the community and on establishing roles in the healing process.