The NSVRC collects information and resources to assist those working to prevent sexual violence and to improve resources, outreach and response strategies. This resource section includes access to NSVRC collections and selected online resources.
High-profile cases in the media are an important opportunity to educate the public about the realities of sexual assault. Specifics of each case are different, but our role as advocates is always to support survivors and help everyone understand sexual violence. These talking points were created to assist in those discussions.
The 2016 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign materials help to educate individuals, communities, and businesses on steps they can take to prevent sexual violence. Join us in helping everyone to see their role in preventing sexual violence!
The guidance, through a series of detailed case examples, advises law enforcement agencies to incorporate the following principles into clear policies, comprehensive training and effective supervision protocols:
Recognize and address biases, assumptions and stereotypes about victims.
Treat all victims with respect and employ interviewing tactics that encourage a victim to participate and provide facts about the incident.
Investigate sexual assault or domestic violence complaints thoroughly and effectively.
Appropriately classify reports of sexual assault or domestic violence.
Refer victims to appropriate services.
Properly identify the assailant in domestic violence incidents.
Hold officers who commit sexual assault or domestic violence accountable.
Maintain, review and act upon data regarding sexual assault and domestic violence.
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