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Impact of Weinstein Trial Verdict: 5 Critical Points
Impact of Weinstein Trial Verdict: 5 Critical Points

Following the announcement of a split verdict and conviction on 2 of 5 counts in the criminal trial of Harvey Weinstein, here are 5 critical points to keep in mind.

Megan Thomas Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:11

Three Lessons Businesses Can Learn from Uber’s Collecting and Reporting Sexual Assault Data

A repost of a blog from our partners at the Urban Institute, Dr. Janine Zweig and Emily Tiry. Originally posted here on the Urban Institute's website.

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Using Risk and Protective Factors in Prevention

These two examples show how we can use our knowledge of risk and protective factors to prevent sexual violence in the real world.

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Retired Sex Crimes Detective Joins Us for a New Webinar Series

NSVRC partnered with retired sex crimes detective Justin Boardman to bring you a series of webinars called “Through the Lens of Law Enforcement.”

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Helping Industries to Classify Reports of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Sexual Assault

This report describes the work of a joint project between the NSVRC and the Urban Institute, in which a team of staff from both agencies developed an improved taxonomy (a system of catego...

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National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach

In August of 2017, the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) released a report on National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach. In 2013, the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Report Act (SAFER Act) was passed into law amending the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide funds for grants to be administered to laboratories to address the critical need of eliminating the backlog of sexual assault kits, the law requires an establishment of protocols and practices.

In consultation with Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies, and government laboratories, the Department was required to develop and publish a description of protocols and practices to ensure accurate, timely, and effective collection and processing of DNA evidence, including practices specific to sexual assault cases. To that end, NIJ created the SAFER Working Group, which convened to develop protocols and practices to positively improve sexual assault responses and the experiences of victims.

This report, requested by congress, provides 35 of those recommended practices and protocols. For more information on the 35 recommendations and the report, please visit: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/250384.pdf

Cosby Trial 2017 - Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Allegations

Cover image of the fact sheetIn June 2017, comedian Bill Cosby will stand trial for aggravated indecent assault of a woman in his Montgomery County home more than a decade ago. The following fact sheet provides important context on sexual violence, including victim behavior and trauma, offender dynamics, and the use of drugs and alcohol to perpetrate sexual violence, to members of the media covering the trial and other interested parties.

Emily Bigger Tue, 06/06/2017 - 14:13