This report offers evidence to demonstrate that incarcerating kids doesn't work: Youth prisons do not reduce future offending, they waste taxpayer dollars, and they frequently expose youth to dangerous and abusive conditions. The report also shows that many states have substantially reduced their juvenile correctional facility populations in recent years, and it finds that these states have seen no resulting increase in juvenile crime or violence. Finally, the report highlights successful reform efforts from several states and provides recommendations for how states can reduce juvenile incarceration rates and redesign their juvenile correction systems to better serve young people and the public.

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The report from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) presents the most comprehensive research to date on sexual harassment in grades 7-12 and reveals some sobering statistics about the prevalence of sexual harassment and the negative impact it has on students' education.
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This Applied Research paper summarizes findings of existing research and other documents on sex trafficking of Native women and girls in the U.S. and Canada and the legal issues related to their protection. 
 

 


 

The author reviews available research on perceptions held by the general public about sexual violence and how they have changed over time. She also makes recommendations for future practice, which include discussing the root causes of sexual violence and addressing subtle victim blaming.

This review is one of the first undertaken on the availability of policies addressing the prevention of sexual violence globally. It involves an analysis of literature on risk factors and social dynamics underpinning rape and critique of best practice in rape prevention policy internationally.

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This review evaluates how parenting programs succeed at: 1) eliminating child abuse as manifest in official reports and in-person assessments; 2) altering parenting behaviors or attitudes associated with abuse; 3) enhancing parent-child relationships and positive parenting skills as buffers against abuse.

Documents available include:

Full review: A Systematic Review of Parenting Interventions to Prevention Child Abuse Tested with RCT Designs in High Income Countries.

Briefing Paper: A Systematic Review of Parenting Interventions to Prevention Child Abuse Tested with RCT Designs in High Income Countries.

Briefing Paper: Modifying Gender Role Stereotypes in Children.

Safe, affordable housing is not only a basic human right and need; safe, affordable housing is a critical component of the healing process for sexual violence victims and survivors. Too many victims and survivors lose their housing as a result of sexual violence or find themselves trapped in homes where they have to endure further sexual victimization because there are no other affordable, safe options. When public policies and practices are informed by the housing needs of sexual violence victims and survivors, society can do much to alleviate the burden of sexual violence not only on individual victims and survivors, but on larger communities. This report provides a summary of key findings from a national survey of advocates on housing and sexual violence.

This report is a part of the Housing and Sexual Violence Information Packet. The packet also includes: an overview; a fact sheet; a research brief; an online resource collection; a technical assistance bulletin; and an advocate's guide to housing and sexual violence.

 

This report presents counts and rates of hate crimes for each year between 2003 and 2009.  It discusses the perceptions of victims who experienced violent crimes on they believe their perpetrators targeted them in committing these crimes.  An average of 195,000 hate crimes were committed each year in this period.

 

The executive summary of a research project to determine the effectiveness of preventing sexual offenses after imposing a sex-offender registry requirement in South Carolina briefly discusses the findings.  According to the report, first time offenses were reduced, online registries appear to have no impact on recidivism, and failure to register did not predict recidivism.

This research report discusses the findings of a study conducted largely in a border town in Mexico.  The researcher conducted in-depth interviews with individuals directly engaged in the sex trade.  According to the report, previous information on human trafficking relied heavily on information provided by agencies responding to it, including advocacy groups and law enforcement, but little direct research has been conducted.  This study sought to determine the extent to which coercion and manipulation were employed and how these operations were organized.

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