Negative health outcomes of sexual assault afflict all sexes, stemming from both childhood and adult sexual traumas. This research brief can help stakeholders, including sexual assault advocates and health care providers, understand the ways that sexual victimization can trigger or exacerbate physical and mental health conditions.

This statement from the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence discusses legislative solutions proposed to address the backlog of sexual assault forensic exam kits. It lists the essential elements needed to resolve this issue through legislation.

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.

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This Applied Research Paper outlines the importance and value of engaging in sexual violence prevention work with youth. The paper discusses prevalence of sexual violence among youth populations, recent trends in prevention activities for youth, and a review of common strategies and challenges for engaging in this work. Feedback on the effectiveness and current evaluation efforts for the various approaches is offered. It's available in PDF or online.

Information in this toolkit is meant to equips prevention professionals, healthcare providers, and educators with information on current health issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. It includes an overview of terms related to gender identity and sexual expression.(SAMSHA) A powerpoint providing general information and overview is also available.

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This online resource collection offers information on the intersections of sexual violence and eating disorders. Recent research and practice efforts have shown links between sexual victimization during childhood or adolescence and developing an eating disorder.  To provide more informed services, people working in anti-violence movements can review the resources in this online resource collection on sexual violence, trauma, and eating disorders.

The collection includes four sections:

Eating Disorders & Sexual Violence Overview

Understanding Oppression: Eating Disorders & Sexual Violence

Prevention of Eating Disorders & Sexual Violence

General Information on Eating Disorders

Esta hoja informativa proporciona información SAAM 2012 Sugerencias para profesionales de saludacerca de la violencia sexual y de cómo las y los profesionales de la salud pueden brindar asistencia a las víctimas. En inglés.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAAM 2012 Tips for Health Professionals CoverThis two-page fact sheet provides information about sexual assault and how health care professionals can assist victims. Also available in Spanish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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