This guide is designed for sexual assault program advocates working with non-offending parents and/or caregivers of children who have experienced sexual assault. The suggestions and strategies are intended for use with children under the age of 13.

This report describes research on victim and professional perspectives on the delivery of victim notification procedures, implementation of new victim notification processes, victim engagement within the criminal justice system, and recommendations for improvements.

Victims and professionals made five recommendations.

  • Law enforcement should not assume that a victim does or does not want to be notified.
  • All victims should be given the opportunity to be notified, and the decision for notification should be a choice provided to all victims instead of something imposed on them by someone else.
  • Mechanisms for notification should be flexible and thoughtful and incorporate choices for victims.
  • Victims should have a choice in whether their case moves forward based on DNA testing.
  • Resources and support are imperative to the notification process.

Additional reports from this research project can be found at: www.houstonsakresearch.org.

The Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative (SADI) Newsletter serves as a project brief to the field on the first national demonstration initiative designed to identify and disseminate information on promising practices for enhancing services to sexual violence survivors in dual and multi-service agencies. This edition provides information and tools related to organizational trauma and creating resilient organizations.
 

Read Summer 2013 Edition.

Read Winter 2014 Edition.

This issue brief discusses young men of color as a largely overlooked group of victims. It looks at both local and nationwide efforts to provide support and services.

The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance offers these recommendations based on more than 30 years of work with students, campuses, community advocates and national leaders dedicated to building an effective response to sexual assault.

This flyer provides information about the NSVRC’s Lifespan Project which is a technical assistance initiative to provide advocates, medical providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others with resources and strategies to effectively respond to and support survivors of sexual violence. The Lifespan Project focuses on trauma-informed service delivery with a particular concern for populations who may fall through the cracks of our systems.

This guide focuses on adapting advocacy skills to help young people who experience homelessness and sexual violence build resiliency and lessen their traumas. It has three aims: (a) to provide an overview for the intersections between identity, trauma experiences, and resiliency among youth who are homeless; (b) to highlight core skills and techniques for advocates; and (c) to discuss how to tailor these skills in order to improve services for youth who identify as LGBTQ.

Also available is an infographic, Homeless Youth & Sexual Violence, which illustrates statistics that show the link between youth homelessness and sexual violence.

For more about the topic of homelessness, access the Housing and Sexual Violence Information Packet and the Link Between Housing & Sexual Violence infographic.

 

Young people who are homeless also often are sexually assaulted. You can help by listening to youth who have been harmed by homelessness and sexual violence. Your support can make a positive difference in their lives over time. (see references)

This infographic is a companion piece to the guide, Linking the Roads: Working with Youth Who Experience Homelessness and Sexual Violence.

For more about the topic of homelessness, access the Housing and Sexual Violence Information Packet and the Link Between Housing & Sexual Violence infographic.

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REFERENCES
NUMBER OF HOMELESS YOUNG PEOPLE 

The National Alliance to End Homelessness. (2014). Youth. Retrieved from http://www.endhomelessness.org/pages/youth

The National Alliance to End Homelessness. (2014). LGBTQ youth. Retrieved from http://www.endhomelessness.org/pages/lgbtq-youth

RUNAWAY YOUTH

The Administration on Children, Youth and Families. (2002). Sexual abuse among homeless adolescents: Prevalence,correlates, and sequelae. Retrieved from http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/sex_abuse_hmless.pdf

Durso, L. E., & Gates, G. J. (2012). Serving our youth: Findings from a national survey of service providers working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Retrieved from The Williams Institute: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Durso-Gates-LGB...

National Network for Youth. (n.d.). Consequences of youth homelessness. Retrieved from http://www.nn4youth.org/system/files/IssueBrief_Youth_Homelessness.pdf

HOMELESS YOUTH

The Administration on Children, Youth and Families. (2002). Sexual abuse among homeless adolescents: Prevalence, correlates, and sequelae. Retrieved from http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/sex_abuse_hmless.pdf

National Network for Youth. (n.d.). Consequences of youth homelessness. Retrieved from
http://www.nn4youth.org/system/files/IssueBrief_Youth_Homelessness.pdf

Cray, A., Miller, K., & Durso, L. E. (2013). Seeking shelter: The experiences and unmet needs of LGBT homeless youth. Retrieved from the Center for American Progress:
http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/LGBTHomelessY...

This guide provides information that will help in responding to transgender survivors of sexual assault in a way that is helpful, informed, and supportive.

Access the guide.

This report reviews current practices and activities on the federal level related to trauma-informed approaches across a wide range of settings and systems. It encourages agencies to implement a collaborative and comprehensive response to traumas like sexual violence.

Download the report.

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