The article begins by reviewing up-to-date research suggesting that the rate of false reporting for sexual assault is in the range of 2-8%.  It also critiques prior research suggesting that the rate of false reporting is far higher, and explores the reasons why this issue is so challenging for professionals in the field.  Questions addressed in the article include the following:

*    How many sexual assault reports are false?
*    What is the actual definition of a false report?
*    But what if part of the report is false?

The article then concludes with a discussion of how professionals can work to overcome these challenges, and how to handle the frustrating reality of "real" false reports.

False Reports: Moving Beyond the Issue to Successfully Investigate and Prosecute Non-Stranger Sexual Assault

The following four online events are part of a series sponsored by the Government Innovators Network and the National Institute of Justice on sexual violence. Recordings and presenters' slides are now available online for each event in the series: * You must first register with the site to access these pages (which is free and takes only a few seconds).

   1. Sex Offender Residency Restrictions: Implementation and Impact
   2. Sexual Violence and Evidence Collection
   3. Sexual Violence: An International Perspective
   4. Sexual Assault on College Campuses
Series on Sexual Violence

Immigrant Women and Sexual Violence highlights the common experiences of immigrant women who are victims of sexual violence, the legal protections and public benefits available, and practices and suggestions for increasing the effectiveness of services provided to immigrant women.
Immigrant Women and Sexual Violence

The guide explains the Refugee Council approach to best practice in caring for women who have been subject to sexual violence, including rape. The guide has been written to assist staff in RCOs, Refugee Agencies and other welfare and advice organizations that provide services to refugee and asylum seeking women. It is also intended as a tool for staff in rape crisis centers and health service settings who encounter refugee and asylum seeking women who have been raped or exposed to sexual violence.
The Vulnerable Women’s Project Good Practice Guide: Assisting Refugee and Asylum Seeking Women affected by Rape or Sexual Violence

The review summarizes the learning from the Refugee Council Vulnerable Women’s Project and situates that learning within the wider context of what is known about rape and sexual violence. It provides a summary of evidence that is available about the prevalence of sexual violence against refugee women, and about access to justice in some of the countries from which the Project’s clients have fled.
Refugee and Asylum Seeking Women Affected by Rape or Sexual Violence: a Literature Review

Conflict continues to rage in Darfur, Sudan. More than 2.4 million people have been displaced. Women and children continue to be failed by the international community. The fighting between the Sudanese armed forces, their allied militia and the disparate armed opposition groups continues to blight the lives of civilians, especially women and girls. In this document Amnesty International calls on the international community to use their influence and ensure that UNAMID is immediately provided with all the military equipment it requires, especially helicopters.
Empty Promises on Darfur: International community fails to deliver

This training module, formatted as a slideshow presentation with audio, is designed to provide information and resources on the issues of stalking and sexual misconduct for resident assistants/resident advisors (RAs) on college campuses. The module ends with a quiz to test users' understanding of the information presented.

West Virginia Online RA Training Module on Sexual Misconduct and Stalking

The 19th annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide. It reflects extensive investigative work undertaken in 2008 by Human Rights Watch staff, usually in close partnership with human rights activists in the country in question.

World Report 2009

This report documents the impact of rural life on the behavioral health of women, providing a comprehensive review of the current literature covering a broad array of interrelated behavioral health care needs and concluding with a discussion of the most pressing priorities for future research, policy decisions, and treatment implications. The report discusses the following; depression and anxiety, substance abuse, maternal health, HIV / AIDS, violence, homicide and suicide, gay rural women, elderly rural women, disabled rural women as well commonly cited barriers to treatment.
The Behavioral Health Care Needs of Rural Women

The intent of this project was to conduct a survey to assess how or whether organizational structure affects the provision or reporting of sexual assault services in both single program and combined sexual and domestic violence programs.
Organization of Sexual Assault Programs

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