NCVLI’s Victim Law Bulletins, provide in-depth analysis of important topics relating to the assertion and enforcement of crime victims’ rights and offer practice tips

This Victim Law Bulletin discusses the impact of secondary victimization within the criminal justice system for people who have experienced multiple forms of victimization and how to reduce the harmful impacts of this experience.

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Aequitas released Issue #8 of their Strategies Newsletter. The December 2012 edition offers information for prosecutors on sexual abuse in confinement.

Read Strategies Issue #8

This bookletby the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) has basic information on the following topics: what is sexual assault?; myths and facts about rape; information for immediately after sexual violence occurs; and the legal process. In Spanish. Ordering information (the PDF is free).

Este folleto por la Asociación de Tejas Contra el Asalto Sexual (en inglés, TAASA)  tiene información básica sobre estos temas: ¿qué es asalto sexual? los mitos y los hechos acerca de la violación; información para inmediatamente después de la ocurrencia de violencia sexual; y el proceso legal. En inglés. Información para hacer un pedido (el PDF es gratis).

This comprehensive sexual assault protocol includes a procedure for anonymous reporting. It was developed in Cambria County, PA and provides guidance on responding to victims who are reluctant or unsure about getting involved in the criminal justice system.

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Rape and Sexual Assault Analyses and Laws is a compilation that includes detailed charts outlining the elements of sex crimes in the United States and its territories as well as the federal government and Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

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Issue #13 of Strategies In Brief provides a review of research studies on the presence or absence of genital or anal injuries in cases of sexual assault. Absence of injury is relatively common, but this does not necessarily indicate that no assault occurred.

View this In Brief.

This technical assistance guide is meant to assist   law enforcement agencies in handling “courtesy reports,” which are taken by one law enforcement agency on behalf of another. It was designed to provide concrete assistance and address frequently asked questions, for law enforcement agencies faced with a report of sexual assault from a jurisdiction affected by a nature disaster.

Sexual violence -- including rape, child sexual abuse, and sexual harassment -- is a complicated topic to understand. There are many fears, myths and stereotypes that abound. We understand that reporting on these topics is a difficult task and we appreciate the media’s commitment to doing so with integrity. As a result, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has created a packet for journalists about reporting on sexual violence.

 

As members of the media, journalists play a critical role in illuminating the truth for people. Well-written, fact-based stories that place a particular incident in a broader context can go a long way toward educating the public. A well-informed public can help ensure appropriate responses and services for victims; accountability and treatment for those who abuse others; and can strengthen the prevention strategies of organizations and communities. This fact sheet discusses crime reports made on sexual violence.

 

This fact sheet is a part of our full Media Packet which offers 6 resources answering common questions about sexual violence.

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