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https://www.nsvrc.org/blogs/press-releases/nsvrc-pcar-honor-juneteenth
Jun 17, 2021
NSVRC & PCAR are proud to honor Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day — the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States — and highlight its connection to the movement to end sexual violence. Juneteenth marks a milestone for civil rights, commemorating the day when the last enslaved people in Texas learned they were free. For nearly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slavery persisted in regions of the country as the Civil War continued, but on June 19, 1865, it was announced that all enslaved people were
https://www.nsvrc.org/blogs/lessons-serving-male-survivors-through-sasp-outreach-willingness-change
May 26, 2021
To learn more about best practices working with male survivors of sexual assault, NSVRC reviewed the Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) 2017 Victim Services Data from the Violence Against Women Act Measuring Effectiveness Initiative. The SASP Formula Grant Program funds sexual assault programs and other organizations to provide services to sexual assault survivors. We were interested in learning how programs used this funding to provide services to men. According to the report, 10.9% of victims served in 2017 whose gender was known identified as male. To learn more about how programs
https://www.nsvrc.org/blogs/lessons-serving-male-survivors-through-sasp-partnerships-ending-stigma
May 26, 2021
To learn more about best practices working with male survivors of sexual assault, NSVRC reviewed the Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) 2017 Victim Services Data from the Violence Against Women Act Measuring Effectiveness Initiative. The SASP Formula Grant Program funds sexual assault programs and other organizations to provide services to sexual assault survivors. We were interested in learning how programs used this funding to provide services to men. According to the report, 10.9% of victims served in 2017 whose gender was known identified as male. To learn more about how programs
https://www.nsvrc.org/blogs/lessons-serving-male-survivors-through-sasp-commitment-ongoing-work
May 26, 2021
To learn more about best practices working with male survivors of sexual assault, NSVRC reviewed the Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) 2017 Victim Services Data from the Violence Against Women Act Measuring Effectiveness Initiative. The SASP Formula Grant Program funds sexual assault programs and other organizations to provide services to sexual assault survivors. We were interested in learning how programs used this funding to provide services to men. According to the report, 10.9% of victims served in 2017 whose gender was known identified as male. To learn more about how programs
https://www.nsvrc.org/blogs/we-cant-end-sexual-violence-without-ending-racism
May 25, 2021
As an organization committed to the mission of ending sexual harassment, assault, and abuse, we recognize it will take ending all forms of racism to accomplish this. Racism, specifically anti-Black racism, is a root cause of sexual violence. Harmful beliefs that view other groups as lesser — like sexism, heterosexism, transphobia, ableism, and racism — feed into the inequity and abuse that underscore all forms of sexual violence. In order to prevent sexual violence, we must acknowledge and take steps to undo the systemic ways anti-Black racism shows up in our communities and our
https://www.nsvrc.org/blogs/covid-19-resources
May 05, 2021
Find resources and materials here in our collection of COVID-19 related content.   The Intersections of Economic Insecurity and Sexual Violence in the COVID Era Setting Boundaries for the Holidays During a Pandemic Self-Care in Times of Distress and Continuous Crisis Combing Through My COVID Hair With ACEs Research Digital Consent in the Age of COVID-19     Resources for COVID-19 Response  Parenting During a Pandemic     COVID-19 and Equity: What We've Learned  COVID-19 and Health Equity: Safe Space? Brave Space? Finding an Alternative  COVID-19 and Health Equity: How Media Literacy Is
https://www.nsvrc.org/blogs/intersections-economic-insecurity-and-sexual-violence-covid-era
May 04, 2021
In any crisis situation, survivors of sexual violence face unique needs and burdens. Due to the unpredictability of disasters, access to services and successful sexual violence prevention measures are delayed, leaving many to fall through the cracks as rates of sexual violence increase. The UN recently coined the term “the shadow pandemic” to refer to the increase in sexual violence, which has been an unfortunate result of COVID-19. With this pandemic still running its course, and many people facing economic burden brought on by the crisis, the exact financial impact of the crisis is still
https://www.nsvrc.org/blogs/why-covid-19-triggering-survivors
May 04, 2021
Trauma has a compounding effect — life doesn’t stop while survivors are attempting to heal. In fact, in most cases, new traumas form and occur as survivors put in the work to heal from previous traumas. It is important to specifically mention the high personal toll stress places on survivors facing financial crisis. Survivors of sexual trauma already face disadvantages even in healthy economic times, let alone during global financial downturns. Research shows that “sexual violence can trigger adverse economic events for survivors, including increased expenses and decreased earnings.”
https://www.nsvrc.org/blogs/how-covid-19-impacts-children-teens
May 04, 2021
Research demonstrates the many ways in which economic strain increases the risk of child sexual abuse. The UN warns that, due to the unique circumstances of the Coronavirus lockdown, children are at a heightened risk to be sexually abused, including by adults seeking to make a financial gain on the growing demand for child pornography. “School closures may also lead to an escalation of child trafficking cases. Many children have lost their subsidized school meals, which is posing a new burden on fragile families economies. Consequently, many children might be forced into child labor or child
https://www.nsvrc.org/blogs/covid-19-and-survivors-color
May 04, 2021
Just as COVID-19 has disproportionately affected people of color, the pandemic has inequitably impacted people of color who identify as survivors of sexual violence. New research indicates “COVID-19-related financial insecurity is greatest among Black and Brown women survivors” — drawing on already established systems of racism in medical care. Members of Black, Native, and Latino communities are nearly twice as likely to die from COVID-19, and already face heightened risks of victimization from domestic and sexual violence — all while being less likely to receive adequate care