This guide is intended for rural sexual assault advocates searching for concrete information on how to work with Deaf and hard of hearing sexual assault survivors. Deaf survivors of sexual assault face numerous obstacles, such as isolation, stereotyping, and lack of anonymity in accessing all kinds of services in rural communities.

This guide includes information about the prevalence of sexual violence against transgender/gender non-conforming individuals; lists common long- and short-term responses to trauma; addresses the question of whether there is a relationship between sexual assault and gender identity issues; discusses issues associated with WPATH Standards of Care and Informed Consent models as they relate to sexual assault survivors and how their gender identity issues are assessed; describes the typical set of services available to sexual violence survivors in their own communities, including how transgender survivors can advocate for their inclusion and/or respectful treatment within such services; provides recommended reading and resource lists of self-help books, websites, and listservs, with annotations describing how well they address transgender survivors and SOFFAs and their issues; and gives quotations from other transgender sexual violence survivors.

Esta traducción resume los principales hallazgos del estudio “La victimización de Violencia Sexual y de las asociaciones de la salud en una muestra de la comunidad de las mujeres hispanas,” realizado por K. C. Basile, S.G. Smith, M.L. Walters, D.N. Fowler, K. Hawk y M.E. Hamburger. Los hallazgos del estudio se basan en nuestra comprensión de los efectos de la violencia sexual en mujeres latinas y pueden orientar nuestras estrategias tanto de prevención de la violencia sexual como de respuesta a ésta.

En inglés.

Sexual violence can result in many health, economic, and social struggles in the lives of survivors. This resource highlights findings from a 2015 study on sexual violence against Latina women. Findings can help strengthen our prevention and response strategies with Latin@ communities. In

This toolkit provides resources and support to build language access as a core service for survivors with LEP. The tabs at the top link to:

  • A step-by-step process for developing your first written Language Access Plan, and a guide to critical conversations to enhance an existing Language Access Plan.
  • Tools to help you establish your program’s language access standards and make them part of your program’s day-to-day work, such as language skill assessments, interpreter code of ethics and confidentiality forms, and multilingual materials (I Speak cards, translated materials, etc.).
  • These are management tools your program may use regularly; and direct advocacy tools for use by and with survivors with LEP.
  • Descriptions and analysis of specific language access strategies such as language identification and interpreter services.
  • Support to help you advocate for language access services throughout the community: training curriculum and systems advocacy guidance.
  • Resources, such as federal law and guidance, sample plans, and promising practices to help you shape your efforts. These are informational resources you may need to build your own Language Access Plan and for systems advocacy.


Recent research suggests that Deaf women experience higher rates of sexual and domestic violence than their hearing counterparts, but are often shut off from victim services and supports that are ill-equipped to respond to their unique needs. As a result, they are denied access to services that could help them safely flee from abuse, heal from trauma, and seek justice after they have been harmed. This policy brief offers practical suggestions for expanding and enhancing Deaf survivors’ access to victim services and other supports.


El acceso multilingüe es crucial para la prevención de la violencia sexual y las intervenciones conexas. Esta declaración describe en enfoque del NSVRC al acceso multilingüe dentro de un marco de justicia social.

This issue brief discusses young men of color as a largely overlooked group of victims. It looks at both local and nationwide efforts to provide support and services.

The report Women of Color Leadership, released by WOCN in 2011 in partnership with the Ms. Foundation for Women, provides poignant detail from voices women of color in executive positions within the anti-violence movement, sharing their experiences beyond the "glass ceiling.” This report also contains insights from mainstream women in leadership positions offering their added viewpoint on the barriers that women of color leaders face.

This guide provides information that will help in responding to transgender survivors of sexual assault in a way that is helpful, informed, and supportive.

Access the guide.


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