The Violence Against Women Act of 2005 requires that sexual assault victims must not be required to file law enforcement reports in order to receive free exams. This study examined how states are meeting these goals. It found that victim compensation funds are by far the largest funder of exams across the country. In the 19 jurisdictions included in case studies, victims generally received free exams without having to report if they did not want to. However, barriers to even accessing the exam prevent some victims from seeking help.

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On February 26, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on Intimate Partner Violence in the United States - 2010. The National Sexual Violence Resource provides this set of talking points for highlights on the findings related to sexual violence. For more information on emerging sexual violence research visit the NSVRC xCHANGE forum. A brief summary comparing NISVS to previous national surveys is available at: National Research on Sexual Violence: A Look to the Future.

This report outlines the facts surrounding rape and sexual assault and identifies key areas to focus on and improve, including working to change social norms, improving criminal justice response, and protecting students from sexual assault.

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This action plan discusses combating human trafficking and modern-day forms of slavery through government action as well as partnerships with allied professionals and concerned citizens.

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This report describes the successes and challenges of reducing backlogs of DNA evidence in the nation’s crime laboratories and describes some of the solutions that are increasing lab efficiencies. Data was collected from more than 120 public laboratories that receive grants under NIJ’s DNA Backlog Reduction Program.

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The 2013 Fall & Winter edition of The Resource includes articles on sexual violence in the military, complete with an interview with Air Force Maj. Gen. Sharon K. G. Dunbar; a youth board from Detroit and what it does to connect with peers; how the profeminist men’s movement was started and what it stands for; Ohio’s push to investigate formerly untested sexual assault kits; and how ancestral teachings are used to form prevention plans in indigenous communities. See what teenagers said when asked, “What are you doing to make your world a safer place?” View the features of the recently released Hollaback! app – then, if you wish, download it free of charge. Learn about how the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence reacted to headline news cases in its backyard, and see what the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault has done to incorporate prevention evaluation in its work.


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