This brief statement from the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (OAESV) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) discusses the verdict from a rape trial in Steubenville, OH that gained national public attention.

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This report, developed by 1 in 6 and Peace Over Violence, is based on community research with traditionally excluded or marginalized groups. Groups involved in the report included deaf survivors, female gang-affiliated survivors, male survivors, parents and their child survivors, and research experts in child sexual abuse. The report includes recommendations for working with underserved groups.

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Provides practical assistance to statewide sexual assault coalitions and rape crisis centers to help them maintain victim confidentiality. This e-publication addresses common challenges, provides core concepts, and offers practical tips for improving confidential services to victims of sexual violence.

Strenghtening Sexual Assault Victims' Right to Privacy

 

Sexual assault is a most intimate crime, and when it happens in our most intimate sanctuaries—our homes—the trauma is devastating and difficult to escape. Healing from sexual violence can only happen on a foundation of safety and safety starts with home. In this paper, we will consider issues and advocacy related to emergency shelter and longer-term housing for sexual violence survivors.
 
See also, NSVRC Housing and Sexual Violence special collection.

This guide, designed for counselors and advocates, explores the complex connections between substance abuse and addiction and sexual violence.  It provides information on understanding addictions and treatment options, a literature review of research on the topic, and a section of special considerations for rape crisis centers. 

This document provides information on the laws and guidelines on forensic compliance and payment for sexual assault medical forensic exams in individual states or territories. Access the full report, or the summary to learn more.

Crime victims with disabilities may face challenges that other victims do not face, such as the ability to access services or communicate with advocates. Supporting Crime Victims With Disabilities, a new training curriculum, focuses on recognizing and addressing these challenges so that all victims with disabilities receive the support and assistance they need. (OVC) Downloadable training materials for presenters who are providing training is available.

Materials are available in English or/o en Español.

Issue #19 of the Strategies in Brief Newsletter discusses the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the collection and use of DNA from violent offenders to help solve cold cases. This decision resolved disagreement between federal and state court systems.

Language is powerful in all Glossary Coveranti-sexual violence work.  This resource offers some terms and language for individuals engaging in discussions on gender, sexuality, and sexual violence.

This resource is part of the Information Packet on Sexual Violence & Those Who Identify as LGBTQ.

The majority of teens have been involved in a romantic relationship. The following  brief, Telling It Like It Is: Teen Perspectives on Romantic Relationships, summarizes findings from focus groups that explored what teens themselves have to say about these relationships.  
 
Among the findings:- Teens view respect, trust, and love as essential to healthy relationships.- Teens have a clear understanding and expectation of what defines a healthy romantic relationship.- Teens' relationships typically fall short of their own standards of healthy romantic relationships.- Infidelity, relationship violence, and few role models contribute to teens' low expectations for healthy relationships. Telling It Like It Is: Teen Perspectives on Romantic Relationships

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