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Sexual Violence: Policy & Systems Advocacy

This area provides information and tools to assist individuals and their collective(s) working to end sexual violence through public policy and systems change. Public policy includes federal, state, and local laws that impact victims and survivors of sexual violence and address prevention strategies, the configuration and operation of agencies and systems that respond to and prevent sexual violence, policies and protocols, and funding for the provision of services to victims and survivors. Systems advocacy is the tool that advocates and other professionals use to ensure the rights and needs of victims of sexual violence as they negotiate systems on their journey toward healing and also to ensure that systems are working to address the prevention of sexual violence.

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The Protected Innocence Challenge is a study of US state law to assist advocates in their work to end domestic minor sex trafficking. An interactive map provides each state’s ranking on 41 key legislative components that must be addressed in the state’s laws in order to effectively respond to the crime of domestic minor trafficking.
Authors: Shared Hope International
May 2011
This 2-pager provides an overview of students’ rights related to gender-based violence and harassment. It provides information about Title IX and offers a list of Dos and Don’ts.
Authors: American Civil Liberties Union, Women’s Rights Project
April 4, 2011
Vice President Biden and Secretary Duncan present guidelines on legal obligations in addressing sexual violence in school and on campus.
Authors: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
This guide aims to assist legal professionals working with victims of human trafficking in recognizing trafficking victims among existing domestic violence caseloads.
Authors: American Bar Association
The purpose of these Standards of Practice is to provide a reference for lawyers representing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in civil protection order cases, and to encourage lawyers to provide high quality legal representation to those clients.
Authors: American Bar Association
This document provides a sample of screening questions that may be helpful in starting a conversation with a victim of sexual assault about her or his potential civil legal needs.
Authors: Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC)
This fact sheet provides information from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlines sexual harassment as discrimination.
Authors: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
November 2001
This report examines victim's rights state statutes and discusses how case law has interpreted their application.
Authors: National Center for Victims of Crime
This resource page explains the concepts of community accountability and transformative justice processes as alternatives to seeking justice and accountability for cases of sexual violence.
Authors: Transformative Justice
This summarizes the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down Civil Rights Remedy of the Violence Against Women Act. This Civil Rights Remedy law had provided survivors of DV and SV the right to sue their assailants in civil federal court.