State, national anti-sexual violence agencies to be on site for Steubenville rape trial

March 11, 2013

Katie Hanna, Executive Director
Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (OAESV); 216-469-2511
Tracy Cox, Communications Director
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC); 717-756-1803


Press opportunity: The Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (OAESV) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) will be on site at the Jefferson County Juvenile Court in Steubenville, Ohio, beginning March 13, to provide insight and expertise on sexual violence and prevention‐related topics.
In addition,  AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women will available via phone
(202-558-0037) to provide legal expertise. Together, these organizations can offer expertise on topics or issues that include:

  • More than one-third of women who report being raped before age 18 also experience rape as an adult (a)
  • Sexual violence includes internet-based sexual abuse, such as creating, depicting, and/or distributing sexual images of children online; or stalking, grooming, and/or engaging in sexually explicit behaviors with children online (b)
  • Survivors of sexual violence have experienced trauma, and each person reacts differently to trauma.
  •  Sexual violence impacts survivors and their support systems for many years - 81% of women and
  • 35% of men report significant short- or long-term impacts such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (a)
  • There is local help for men, women and children: OAESV works in conjunction with its statewide network of 27 rape crisis centers serving victims of all ages in 37 counties across Ohio. For more info visit,
  • Coverage of the Steubenville rape case can be overwhelming to victims across the U.S. Details of the case and continuous news coverage may be traumatizing and remind victims of their own assault. To contact your closest rape crisis program in Ohio, go to or for help 24/7 nationwide, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE. For resources, call OAESV at 888-886-8388 or NSVRC at877-739-3895.
  • Law enforcement reports show that 76.8% of those who perpetrate sexual assaults are adults; 23.2% are juveniles who sexually abuse children, and 19.5% of perpetrators are between the ages of 12-17 (c)
  • Annually, there are nearly 2,200 juveniles arrested for rape and nearly 9,200 arrested for other types of sex offenses (d)
  • To build safer communities, everyone must speak up against incidents or messages that normalize sexual harm, abuse, or exploitation. An engaged bystander is someone who intervenes before, during, or after a situation when they see or hear behaviors that promote sexual violence.


As Ohio’s statewide coalition, OAESV advocates for comprehensive responses and rape crisis services for survivors and empowers communities to prevent sexual violence.
For more information, visit, and

Founded by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape in 2000, NSVRC identifies, develops and disseminates resources regarding all aspects of sexual violence prevention and intervention.
For more, visit, and


(a)Black, M. C., Basile, K. C., Breiding, M. J., Smith, S .G., Walters, M. L., Merrick, M. T., Stevens, M. R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 summary report. Retrieved from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control:    

(b)National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. (2012). National Plan to Prevent the Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children. Retrieved from

(c)Snyder, H. N. (2000). Sexual assault of young children as reported to law enforcement: Victim, incident and offender characteristics(NCJ 182990).  Retrieved from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics:

(d)U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2005).Crime in the United States, 2004: Uniform crime reports. Retrieved from


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