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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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December 2015
Building on sexual rights scholarship, this paper argues for an approach to public health interventions for GBV and HIV that acknowledges older women – their sexuality, sexual agency, and activity – so that health providers and advocates acknowledge and serve older survivors.
Authors: Bergen Cooper and Cailin Crockett
November 2015
This report provides an overview of existing research on intimate partner violence and sexual abuse among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and makes recommendations for future research.
Authors: Taylor N.T. Brown and Jody Herman
November 2015
This new national campaign engages Latin@s in playing a critical role in ending domestic violence and sexual assault. The campaign targets parents specifically, and encourages them to have meaningful conversations with their children about these issues.
Authors: NO MORE and Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
September 2015
“Examining the impact of generational and aging factors on how older women experience IPV, we assert that the VAW field may be overlooking a wider population of survivors than previously thought.”
Authors: Cailin Crockett, Bonnie Brandl, and Firoza Chic Dabby
June 5, 2015
This Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) highlights data on global sexual violence against children collected from the Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS). Data reveals that among those who reported being a victim of childhood sexual violence, less than 1 in 10 received supportive services, including healthcare, legal/security aid, or counseling support.
Authors: Steven A. Sumner, James A. Mercy, Janet Saul, Nozipho Motsa-Nzuza, Gideon Kwesigabo, Robert Buluma, Louis H. Marcelin, Hang Lina, Mary Shawa, Michele Moloney-Kitts, Theresa Kilbane, Clara Sommarin,Daniela P. Ligiero, Kathryn Brookmeyer, Laura Chiang, Veronica Lea, Juliette Lee, Howard Kress, and Susan D. Hillis
June 2015
This document includes 2 resources: the Guidance serves as a general guide for colleges and universities as they develop their domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual violence policies, and the Template is a supplement to the Guidance, including a recommended layout and language for the policy itself.
Authors: Juliette Grimmett, Amily McCool, and Carolina Alzuru
May 2015
This guide addresses many of the specific questions trans survivors ask: how to decide if therapy is right for you and, if it is, how to choose the best type of therapy for you, and how to find referrals and choose a therapist.
Authors: michael munson and Loree Cook-Daniels
2015
This issue brief provides a broad overview of the crossover between the child welfare field and the work currently being done to prevent and respond to the trafficking of children and youth in the United States.
Authors: Child Welfare Information Gateway
2015
The mobile app was designed for teens and young adults to help cope with anxiety. It provides tools to track and manage anxiety symptoms.
Authors: Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia
2015
This websites includes a collection of youth-led activities for social change.
Authors: The Freechild Project and Common Action