This guide draws from research, reporting, and the lived experiences of survivors to explore the connections between sexual violence and disasters, the inequities that shape them both, the lessons to be learned from the resilience of survivors and their communities, and opportunities for all of us to prevent sexual violence before, during, and after disasters.
Diana Mancera is the Director of Membership and Programs at Jane Doe, Inc. (JDI). She develops and implements the Massachusetts SA and DV State Coalition initiatives to support the Coalition’s diverse statewide membership and oversees training and technical assistance in prevention, technology safety, and programming.
At the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), we have a commitment to language access. NSVRC is a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), and we are obligated to provide meaningful language access in our services. In addition, we have a language access plan to work towards becoming more accessible.
*This blog covers issues of sexual violence, self harm, and discrimination and may be triggering for some readers.
Sexual Violence Statistics
Back to Basics: Partnering with Survivors and Communities to Promote Health Equity at the Intersections of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence
This document was co-authored by staff of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, with significant input, guidance, and leadership from Black and women of color survivors and advocates.
"A health equity approach to preventing sexual violence means that we need to both understand and address the factors that contribute to violence and safety and factors that expose some communities — especially communities that have been historically oppressed — to higher rates of sexual violence". (NSVRC, 2019)
Prefacing Health Equity:
Sexual harassment, abuse, and assault can have short- and long-term physical, emotional, and psychological effects on a person’s well-being and impact an entire community, from the culture and connections between people to the economic toll. Preventing sexual violence means we all must address deep-rooted abuses of power that contribute to inequities in health, safety, and well-being.
This blog series explores the new and changing financial conditions survivors of sexual violence face due to COVID-19.