This 2-page fact sheet provides a general overview of sexual violence and provides answers to the following questions:
Why is sexual violence a public health problem?
How does sexual violence affect health?
Who is at risk for sexual violence?
How can we prevent sexual violence?
How does CDC approach sexual violence prevention?
Where can I learn more?
Understanding Sexual Violence

This study provides important information regarding the lifetime prevalence, past year prevalence, characteristics, and mental health impact of rape among adult women residing in U.S. households as well as among U.S. female college students. Recommendations for further research, policy and practice are also provided.
 
Drug-facilitated, Incapacitated, and Forcible Rape: A National Study

The guide is designed to help prosecutors, victim advocates, and policymakers understand the state of victim/witness assistance in rural communities, including staffing limitations, the roles and responsibilities of advocates, and the challenges that rural prosecutors' offices face in providing assistance to crime victims and effectively prosecuting the perpetrators of crime. It provides an overview of these challenges along with tips and strategies for overcoming them. Likewise, the guide includes promising practices with an extensive list of resources.
Rural Victim Assistance: A Victim/Witness Guide for Rural Prosecutors

The report documents sexual violence and killing of Somali civilians by Ethiopian troops, militias, and Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces. In light of the humanitarian crisis in Somalia, the report urges the above parties to stop these human rights violations.

Routinely Targeted: Attacks on Civilians in Somalia

This Applied Research paper examines restorative justice for sexual assault from the perspective of survivors. A large international literature promotes restorative justice options as satisfying and empowering to crime victims.

Restorative Justice Responses to Sexual Assault

This report describes what is being done in Minnesota to assist victims of sexual assault. The report combines local and national trends, published research literature, and insights gained through interviews with 25 expert observers from diverse perspectives. Interview participants included advocates and service providers, judicial and legal staff, survivors of sexual assault, culturally specific service providers, law enforcement personnel, national and local experts, and health care providers.
 
Critical Issues in Sexual Assault

This list includes CDC publication on the topic of Sexual Violence from 2002-2005.
 
CDC Publications regarding Sexual Violence

The following report explores the disproportionate vulnerability of women in disaster situations and offers recommendations for changing the effects of disasters on women's lives.
 
Caught in the Storm

This chapter from ICASA’s manual of facts and statistics discusses the physical and emotional effects of sexual violence.
 
By the Numbers: Physical and Emotional Effects

This chapter from ICASA’s manual of facts and statistics on sexual violence provides information on non-stranger sexual assault.
 
By the Numbers: Non-Stranger Sexual Assault

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