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 some basic information on sexual violence.

 

The full Media Packet offers six resources will answer common questions related to sexual violence.

This issue of Connections shares insight from programs that are empowering youth to become media savvy not only by giving them the tools to be critical consumers, but also by giving them a voice.

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This curriculum provides information about the medical forensic sexual assault examination, and explores some of the legal issues involved in expert testimony and evidence provided through a forensic exam. It addresses some of the limitations on the scope of SANE testimony, as well as limitations as to what the examination findings can actually prove. 

This two page fact sheet talks about the devastating consequences of sexual violence in detention and the extreme challenges that survivors may face.
Mental health consequences of sexual violence in detention

A 2 page fact sheet that talks about the devastating consequences of sexual violence in detention and the extreme challenges that survivors must face.
Mental Health Consequences of Sexual Violence in Detention

This paper explores how youth and violence have been framed in the media, how the issue of race complicates depictions of youth and violence, and how public attitudes about government can inhibit public support for strategies to effectively prevent violence. Commissioned by UNITY/Prevention Institute and written by the Berkeley Media Studies Group, this paper makes recommendations for the next steps in reframing violence among youth.
Moving From Them to Us: Challenges in Reframing Violence Among Youth

This annotated bibliography is for advocates, policy makers and allies to help inform their work of meeting the needs of sexual assault survivors. This document provides the best available research to explore sexual assault program services and the challenges with meeting sexual assault survivors’ needs in multi-service programs.Bibliography Cover

This annotated bibliography is part of the National Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative project.

 

 

 

NAESV released this policy statement in response to the recommendations issued by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. In the statement they discuss the continued legislative and administrative focus on partnerships, prevention, advocacy and confidentiality, training, and climate surveys.

Read the statement.

These guideliens provide a new comprehensive set of minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States. These Guidelines are issued to provide guidance and assistance to covered jurisdictions—the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the principal U.S. territories, and Indian tribal governments—in implementing the SORNA standards in their registration and notification programs.
 
National Guidelines For Sex Offender Registration And Notification

The NISVS Fact Sheet provides a brief overview of the data from a national study conducted to assess the impact of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence. It discusses the scope of these forms of violence; immediate impacts of victimization; and the lifelong heath consequences experienced by victims of these forms of violence. This information may help to inform policies on prevention and response efforts in the field. Other resources related to this Fact Sheet include the full Summary Report and a Toolkit.

View additional resources on the NISVS website.

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