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.

See only NSVRC publications

Browse by topics or publication types for select online resources or click here to search our entire Library collection of print and electronic materials.  If you cannot find what you need, please go to the general technical assistance section to make a request.

We invite you to send additional materials for our resource collection to resources@nsvrc.org.

This article focuses on the trafficking trade originating in Ukraine. It examines the scope of the problem, the factors that create a climate ripe for trafficking, the methods traffickers use, and the people who profit from the trade in women and girls. It concludes with some strategies to address the problem of trafficking and discusses the role that policymakers, researchers, and law enforcement officers in the United States can play.

The Natasha Trade: Transnational Sex Trafficking

Among the findings of this report was that 1.8 million of the 22.3 million U.S. adolescents (ages 12-17) have been victims of a serious sexual assault.

The Prevalence and Consequences of Child Victimization: Summary of a Research Study

This VAWnet Applied Research document describes current research findings on the effects of childhood and adulthood sexual victimization on women’s mental health.
The Psychological Consequences of Sexual Trauma

This report provides an overview of results from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. Two important findings are that "adverse childhood experiences are vastly more common than recognized or acknowledged and have a powerful relation to adult health a half-century later."
The Relationship of Adverse Childhood Experiences to Adult Health: Turning Gold Into Lead

This comprehensive report of the Michigan Sexual Assault Systems Response Task Force is built on the work of four multidisciplinary workgroups: the Prevention Education Workgroup, the Survivor Services Workgroup, the Medical System Workgroup and the Criminal Justice System Workgroup. Each group identified barriers to justice and services for survivors of sexual assault, short and long-term remedies to eliminate those barriers and strategies for the implementation of the remedies. The recommendations come in the form of 'best practice recommendations', and 'recommendations'. Best practice recommendations address an improvement or change in policy, protocols and response and recommendations address legislative or fiscal change.
The Response to Sexual Assault: Removing Barriers to Services and Justice

This publication is a reference book as well as photo essay of portraits and testimonies of the sexual violence women suffer when men go to war, and is now available online to IRIN readers. The photographs are also available to download in PDF format.

This In-Depth examines the scope, nature and perpetrators of sexual violence during war. It considers how the international community is addressing sexual violence against women and girls during and after conflict. Above all, the aim of the In-Depth and book is to inform, to shock and to join the voices saying ‘Enough’! Sexual violence against women and girls does not have to be an inevitable consequence of war.

The Shame of War: Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls in Conflict

The Tension of Turf builds upon Prevention Institute's initial coalition building paper Developing Effective Coalitions: An Eight Step Guide, which focused on the coalition start-up process. After years of working with coalitions, Prevention Institute has developed the current paper in response to something commonly witnessed within coalitions: turf struggle. Turf is a frequent problem that is often misunderstood. The paper discusses common types of turf struggles, reasons why they occur, and lists a set of recommendations for limiting the negative aspects of turf.
The Tension of Turf: Making it Work for the Coalition

This White Paper’s thesis is that rape prevalence denial is a calculated strategy aimed at silencing rape victims and preventing successful rape prosecutions. Anti-rape activists need to better understand the agendas that propel this campaign, be more aware of the effort’s aims, and take more effective steps to combat this deliberate campaign of misinformation. The overall goal of this paper is to address some of the issues relevant to the controversy over rape statistics. The controversy over the prevalence of rape is explored in this paper in four sections. The first section will examine current trends in rape prevalence. The second and third sections discuss the fuel for the argument that there is a false rape crisis—what we refer to as the Rape Denial Campaign—and the main attack strategies. Finally, the fourth section describes suggestions for combating the Rape Denial Campaign in order to return the issue of combating rape, rather than combating the existence of rape, to the national agenda.
The use (and misuse) of data on rape: restoring sexual assault to the national agenda, A White Paper Prepared for the CounterQuo Conference October 17-19, 2008

The review examines the existing peer-reviewed scholarly and grey literature from industrialized and developing regions. Over 400 items on sexual assault, including books, journal articles, news articles, research reports, annual reports, discussion papers and monographs were examined. The review outlines the historical and contemporary medico-legal responses to sexual assault victims, broadly describing the professionals, protocols and procedures involved in the collection and processing of medico-legal evidence. Findings are presented from studies that have evaluated the legal impact of such evidence in sexual assault cases, and factors that may create barriers to its successful use in criminal justice proceedings are discussed. The review identifies salient knowledge gaps and offers research recommendations for addressing them.
The Uses And Impacts Of Medico-Legal Evidence In Sexual Assault Cases: A Global Review

This document provides a historical examination of the first ten years of the Violence Against Women Act, with an emphasis on current gaps in public policy related to sexual violence.
The Violence Against Women Act and Its Impact on Sexual Violence Public Policy: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Pages

Subscribe to Publications