This report focuses on ways to improve the international community’s response to the sexual exploitation and abuse of children by aid workers, peacekeepers and others acting on their behalf in emergencies. The report draws particular attention to the problem of the under-reporting of such abuse and addresses a range of related issues.
 
No One to Turn To: The Under-Reporting of Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Aid Workers and Peacekeepers

Through this report, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) shares its experience in
providing medical care, counselling and other forms of support to thousands
of victims of sexual violence in many countries around the world. The report is partly born out of outrage about the inexcusable acts that these people have been subjected to and the damage inflicted upon their lives. It demonstrates why it is imperative to make immediate care available, and truly accessible, for those who have been sexually assaulted. MSF hopes that this report will inform and inspire health officials, aid workers and others who should be involved in providing such support.

Shattered Lives: Immediate Medical Care Vital for Sexual Violence Victims
 

This Human Rights Watch report takes an in-depth look into the current sex offender laws in the US and offers a critique of such laws as well as recommendations and model programs. Issues related to juvenile offenders, residency restriction, offender registration, community notification, and internet registries are also discussed.
 
No Easy Answers: Sex Offender Laws in the US

This resource contains the following segments: New directions in victims’ rights – New directions for criminal and juvenile justice system agencies (Law enforcement, Prosecution, Judiciary, Corrections) – New directions for victim assistance and allied professionals (Health care, Mental health, Legal, Educational, Faith, Business, News media) – New directions for financial recovery – New directions for child victims – New directions in international victim assistance.
 
New Directions From the Field: Victims Rights’ and Services for the 21st Century

This study provides data on the ability of education institution disciplinary processes to address allegations of sexual assault adequately and fairly.
 
National Baseline Study on Campus Sexual Assault: Adjudication of Sexual Assault Cases

This report identifies criteria for building a trauma-informed mental health service system, summarizes the evolution of trauma-informed and trauma-specific services in state mental health systems, and describes a range of trauma-based service models and approaches implemented by increasing numbers of state  systems and localities across the country.

 

Models for Developing Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Systems and Trauma-Specific Services

This Violence Against Women Online Resources commissioned document reviews critical issues for mental health practitioners working with rape survivors.
 
Mental Health Services for Rape Survivors: Current Issues in Therapeutic Practice

Maze of Injustice, released in 2007, unraveled some of the reasons why Indigenous women in the USA are at such risk of sexual violence and why survivors are so frequently denied justice.

At the one year mark of the release of Maze of Injustice, there is significant, even historical, opportunity for change but there is also real danger that the follow through that is so desperately needed will not happen. It will require working together on all levels to fulfill the promises made.

This update presents the main achievements of the past year in more detail and identifies urgent priorities going forward.
 
Maze of Injustice: The Failure to Protect Indigenous Women from Sexual Violence in the USA

This report from Amnesty International highlights the issue of sexual violence among indigenous women in the United States.  Interviews were conducted with Native American and Alaska Native survivors, their families, activists, support workers, service providers and health workers.  Issues of marginalization and discrimination are discussed as well as jurisdiction, policing, and prosecution problems.  Recommendations for addressing violence against indigenous women are also offered.
 Maze of Injustice

This VAWnet Applied Research document provides an overview of the research on marital rape, ideas for future directions to gain public and scholarly attention to the issue, and a marital rape resource page. An online course on this document is also available.
 
Marital Rape: New Research and Directions
Marital Rape Online Learning Course

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