A publication from Aequitas offers strategies for prosecuting child sexual abuse by a family member. The challenging dynamics involved in these cases can lead to misunderstandings about the child's behavior or how dangerous the perpetrator really is. Some of the recommendations include developing an understanding of grooming techniques and using forensic interviewing.

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This protocol was designed as a guide for criminal justice and health care practitioners who respond to victims of sexual assault.
 A National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations: Adults/Adolescents

This publication serves as a handbook for prosecutors working with medical evidence and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) in cases of violence against adult victims of sexual assault.   This monograph provides prosecutors with an understanding of how SANEs focused on patient care and appropriate support services and referrals, rather than a specific investigative agenda can positively impact victim engagement in the criminal prosecution of their perpetrator.  A glossary of commonly used terms used in medical examination reports is also included.

This report discusses research and knowledge on sexual abusers and sex offenders, including the history of public knowledge around child sexual abuse.  It includes information on preventing child sexual abuse through evidence-based and community informed sex offender policy. 

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This study was conducted to evaluate the adequacy of services provided to sexual assault survivors from their own perspective. This is the first ever citywide report that includes the survivor perspective in both the experiences of services and also in the recommendations for service improvement.
 
A Room of Our Own: Sexual Assault Survivors Evaluate Services

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.

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El folleto tiene información básica sobre ADN y su uso en el casos penales (p. ej., ciencia básica del ADN, la recopilación de evidencia ADN y resultados de las pruebas). Hay otro folleto para proveedoras(es) de servicios. También disponible en inglés.

El folleto tiene información básica sobre ADN y su uso en el casos penales (p. ej., los orígenes típicos de evidencia ADN, CODIS y el perfil ADN). Hay otro folleto para víctimas. También disponible en inglés.

This research report discusses the outcomes of a study conducted to understand the help-seeking patterns of behavior among teens who experienced sexual assault and reported it.  The study found patterns in reporting, including reports that were voluntary, reports that were involuntary, and reports prompted by the circumstances of the assault.  The research suggests that teens who made voluntary reports were more likely to stay enaged in the legal system.

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