This Special Collection addresses sexual violence against military service members, defines Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and offers resources (including information on current policy, procedures, legislation, and litigation) to support the prevention of and response to sexual violence as it impacts service members and veterans in the United States.
This document discusses information on confidentiality and releases of information for individuals who have experienced sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking, or harassment. The information provided is based on U.S. Federal Laws, and is intended for advocates and employees of other organizations who may serve these individuals.
The following document provides a working chart of questions to consider when selecting a database for an organization. These questions may be useful in determining which database will provide the most benefits in terms of privacy and confidentiality, as well as security.
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.
The Existe Ayuda Toolkit provides a variety of resources and information to help service providers in working with spanish-speaking populations. This project aims to increase cultural competence and accessibility of services. The glossaries, presentations, and tools available on this site should assist both spanish-speaking and non-spanish-speaking advocates to provide information, services, and referrals to Latin@s impacted by sexual violence.
The Vera Institute recently released a new guide for organizations that provide sexual violence, domestic violence, and disability services. This guide seeks to increase avenues for partnership and collaboration between these three types of services, recognizing that people often face co-occurring issues. The authors of the guide hope to provide background to help meet the needs of women with disabilities, who commonly face sexual and domestic violence, but often do not have access to services that can meet a combination of needs. This booklet provides information on creating safe, effective, and accessible healing services.
This research report discusses the outcomes of a study conducted to understand the help-seeking patterns of behavior among teens who experienced sexual assault and reported it. The study found patterns in reporting, including reports that were voluntary, reports that were involuntary, and reports prompted by the circumstances of the assault. The research suggests that teens who made voluntary reports were more likely to stay enaged in the legal system.
This guide aims to build on those tools and encourage health care providers to conduct full assessments with patients to encourage interventions that provide adequate treatments and recommendations for survivors of sexual violence.
This site is supported by Grant/ Cooperative Agreement No. 1UF2CE002359-01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.