Issue #13 of Strategies In Brief provides a review of research studies on the presence or absence of genital or anal injuries in cases of sexual assault. Absence of injury is relatively common, but this does not necessarily indicate that no assault occurred.
This statement from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) concerns the criminal sentencing of Jerry Sandusky to 30-60 years behind bars for child sexual abuse. NSVRC supports these young men and their loved ones who endured years of pain, waiting for justice to be served. Judge Cleland reassured victims by saying, "It is for your courage, not your assault that you will be remembered." The NSVRC echoes this sentiment and applauds the victims’ strength and courage and hopes today brings them an opportunity to further their own paths to healing. Read full statement.
This statement discusses Philadelphia Monsignor being found guilty of child endangerment in a 2012 Philadelphia, Pa case and the key responsibilities of adults in leadership positions to prevent sexual violence.
Sexual violence -- including rape, child sexual abuse, and sexual harassment -- is a complicated topic to understand. There are many fears, myths and stereotypes that abound. We understand that reporting on these topics is a difficult task and we appreciate the media’s commitment to doing so with integrity. As a result, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has created a packet for journalists about reporting on sexual violence.
As members of the media, journalists play a critical role in illuminating the truth for people. Well-written, fact-based stories that place a particular incident in a broader context can go a long way toward educating the public. A well-informed public can help ensure appropriate responses and services for victims; accountability and treatment for those who abuse others; and can strengthen the prevention strategies of organizations and communities. This fact sheet discusses crime reports made on sexual violence.
This fact sheet is a part of our full Media Packet which offers 6 resources answering common questions about sexual violence.
This guide is a part of the Critical Issues in Policing Series and offers information and tools based on updated statistical findings on prevalence and incidence of sexual assault, changes in crime reporting definitions, special considerations in working with cases of sexual violence, and feedback from advocates on the benefits of incorporating external review.
This document identifies how the crimes of rape and sexual violence must, as a requirement of its own statute and a matter of international human rights law, be interpreted and applied with equality between men and women by the International Criminal Court (the Court). The Court has yet to rule on this matter in its jurisprudence.
This report, which uses data from agencies within Los Angeles City and County, tracks sexual assault case attrition and the factors that attribute to it. It also explores case outcomes and factors that may lead police to unfound charges.
This resource guide contains information and tools for hosting and promoting National Crime Victims' Rights Week locally. It includes posters, artwork, and advertisements. A Spanish version of this resource is also available.
This report offers evidence to demonstrate that incarcerating kids doesn't work: Youth prisons do not reduce future offending, they waste taxpayer dollars, and they frequently expose youth to dangerous and abusive conditions. The report also shows that many states have substantially reduced their juvenile correctional facility populations in recent years, and it finds that these states have seen no resulting increase in juvenile crime or violence. Finally, the report highlights successful reform efforts from several states and provides recommendations for how states can reduce juvenile incarceration rates and redesign their juvenile correction systems to better serve young people and the public.
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