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Sexual Violence: Population-Specific Approaches

In an effort to respond to the diverse experiences of victims and survivors of sexual violence, services must be individualized to meet the unique needs of each population and/or community. The resources included here present a starting point for considering the various issues that impact the lives of victims and survivors in specific populations.

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March 2013
This Applied Research paper reviews the sociohistorical context of Black women’s sexual victimization, the characteristics of Black rape survivors and their experiences, and the risk factors that elevate Black women’s vulnerability to rape and consequences thereof. Culturally sensitive techniques to promote resilience are offered.
Authors: Carolyn M. West and Kalimah Johnson
September 2012
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.
Authors: Patricia Cook-Craig in consultation with Mitru Ciarlante
October 2011
This Applied Research paper summarizes findings of existing research and other documents on sex trafficking of Native women and girls in the U.S. and Canada and the legal issues related to their protection.
Authors: Alexandra (Sandi) Pierce and Suzanne Koepplinger
September 2009
This Applied Research paper provides a review of the research focusing on LGBT survivors of sexual trauma and offers recommendations for culturally competent service provision to LGBT clients.
Authors: Sabrina Gentlewarrior With contributions from Kim Fountain
January 2009
This VAWnet document provides a historical and research overview of Parental Alienation Syndrome and Parental Alienation, identifies strategic issues for advocates working with victims, and offers guidelines to improve courtsí treatment of these issues.
Authors: Joan S. Meier
October 2006
This paper synthesizes information on African American female victim/survivors. It addresses historical context, survivor traits, risk factors, health consequences, culturally sensitive responses, and resilience of survivors.
Authors: Carolyn M. West With contributions from Jacqueline Johnson
January 2005
The document covers the origins of our knowledge concerning the sexual abuse of women with disabilities, discusses data on women with disabilities and the men who abuse them, and explores the advocacy efforts of women with disabilities and their allies.
Authors: R. Amy Elman With contributions from Tiffany Lodholz
October 2004
This document provides an overview of current efforts involving men in the prevention of violence against women. This document discusses men role in prevention, what is effective, and cultural issues and considerations in working with men.
Authors: Alan Berkowitz With contributions from David Mathews
October 2004
This document discusses best practices in prevention, provides an overview of different program modalities and formats, and reviews program philosophies that can be used in working with men to prevent violence against women.
Authors: Alan Berkowitz With contributions from David Mathews
August 2004
As the publics concern about girls' aggression and violence is rising, this document reviews the objective evidence regarding youthful female violence, makes suggestions about what is occurring, and suggests ways to address the issue positively.
Authors: Meda Chesney-Lind