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 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.
This bookletby the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) includes basic information about the period immediately after the victimization. For example, 'Who can help me?' 'Do I have to tell the police what happened to me?' and 'How will my family and my friends react?'. There are also lists of resources in Texas In Spanish. Ordering information (the PDF is free).
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 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.
This publication is provided as a starting point for professional organizations and educational institutions to prepare their helping professionals, including doctors, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, and beyond, to develop the skills and competencies needed to meet the needs of individuals who may have experienced abuse and violence.
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