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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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February 2011
This document is an analysis based on the Department of Defense’s Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies as well as two surveys commissioned by the Department of Defense that examine “gender relations” in U.S. military academies.
Authors: Brittany L. Stalsburg
This toolkit includes resources for victim service agencies on the development, expansion, or improvement of interagency response teams. Resources place special emphasis on putting the victim first in the course of responding.
Authors: Office for Victims of Crime
This compilation provides an overview of U. S. State victim rights laws as related to the presence of victim advocates during forensic examinations. Laws fall into one of two categories (1) laws that specifically relate to victims of sexual assault and (2) laws that provide the right to advocate presence for all victims.
Authors: AEQUITAS: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women
This working list of resources and articles related to sexual violence at school and on campuses developed after the new Title IX guidelines were released in 2011.
Authors: National Sexual Violence Resource Center
October 26, 2010
This policy memo from the U.S. Department of Education that clarifies the distinctions between bullying and harassment and the priorities and responsibilities of school districts.
Authors: Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Education
August 2010
This Guidebook identifies key best practices for short and long term action recommendations for colleges and universities to implement in four focused areas: Preparedness, Prevention, Response and Recovery.
Authors: Ohio Board of Regents
As part of the 2010 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Campaign, the NSVRC compiled a list of resources on campus primary prevention, policy, statistics, and education and training tools.
Authors: National Sexual Violence Resource Center
To promote responsible reporting practices, this Reporter’s Toolkit offers information on laws and policies, basic information on the Clery Act, and additional resources for investigating campus sexual assault.
Authors: The Center for Public Integrity
August 2008
The purpose of this toolkit is to provide facts, ideas, strategies, conversation starters, and resources to everyone on campus who cares about the prevention of sexual violence.
Authors: American College Health Association
February 2008
This guide details schools' responsibility to take a leadership role to prevent and respond to teen dating and sexual violence in schools and in the community. While the information is specific to California, much can be applied nationally.
Authors: Peace Over Violence with assistance from the California Women’s Law Center