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

Developments in the field in regards to different reporting options for sexual assault survivors and changing social expectations have made law enforcement agencies reconsider and refine their processes for working with victims of sexual violence. This article explores the major changes in policies and procedures. 
Options for Reporting Sexual Violence: Developments over the Past Decade
 
See also NSVRC Newsletter article interview with Sabrina Garcia from 2001 on this topic. 
 
End Violence Againt Women (EVAW) International offers free training and technical assistance regarding anonymous reporting.  Template materials can be downloaded and adapted to fit your community. 
 
 
 
 

An interview with Deirdre Keys, Coordinator of the Stalking Response Program at the Battered Woman’s Legal Advocacy Project, a state-wide agency supporting advocacy in Minnesota, and formally of Cornerstone Advocacy Service, Bloomington, Minnesota, highlighting promising responses to stalking.Practitioner Perspectives: Highlighting Promising Responses to Stalking Across the United States

Targeted towards development assistance agencies, United Nations organizations, governments and nongovernmental organizations, the document highlights how the health, psycho-social, and economic consequences of violence impede development.

It identifies the gaps - and the many strengths - in current development agency violence prevention priorities and proposes a strengthened agenda for more effective violence prevention. It also puts forward concrete proposals to build up the institutional foundations necessary for violence prevention at both national and international levels.

Preventing violence and reducing its impact: how development agencies can help

This VAWnet report provides an overview of the research on effective prevention programs.

Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

This issue of the Research and Advocacy Digest provides an overview of some of the research that exists on the topic of prisoner rape.

Prison Rape and Sexual Coercion Behind Bars

The law “provides for the analysis of the incidents and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and provides information, resources, recommendations, and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.

Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003

Aequitas released Issue #8 of their Strategies Newsletter. The December 2012 edition offers information for prosecutors on sexual abuse in confinement.

Read Strategies Issue #8

This article talks about what many parents and caretakers are concerned about today when it comes to their children. It talks about what parents can do to reduce the risk and increase the likelihood that their children will disclose to them should they be abused. The article also includes tips for providing fertile soil for raising sexually healthy children and adolescents.

Raising Sexually Healthy Children and Adolescents: General Overview and Look at 'Normal Development'

The following article talks about the importance of parent-child communication and how parents who provide resources, express their feelings and values can raise youth who respect themselves and behave responsibly. Includes facts, resources and discusses growth and development at the different ages.

Raising Sexually Healthy Youth: Rights. Respect. Responsibility & Parent-Child Communication

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