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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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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
November 4, 2014
In this article, the author first discusses how Native women, girls, and boys have been sold for sex on ships in the Duluth Port in Minnesota, an issue she previously wrote about in a report entitled "Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota." The author then discusses the issue within a broader legal context, and concludes by emphasizing the importance of sharing the story of Native individuals trafficked in this way.
Authors: Christine Stark
July 2014
The report identifies and prioritizes actions that direct service providers, educators, and researchers can take to benefit older adults facing abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.
Authors: National Center on Elder Abuse
May 2014
This report documents the violence and exclusion suffered by lesbians, bisexual women, and trans persons in these five countries in Asia, and shows how government inaction contributes to the abuse. It is based on interviews with affected women and trans individuals, as well as with government officials, civil society actors, and other key stakeholders.
Authors: The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
April 2014
Gaining Ground, Breaking Through provides insight into the experiences of underrepresented populations within all levels of anti-violence organizations. The report also featuresthe Pyramidic Career Ladder, a specialized graphic illustrating the challenges that some from underrepresented populations experience as they advance within their programs.
Authors: C. Nicole Mason
2014
This fact sheet notes three types of dating abuses-physical, emotional, and sexual-and draws on research to show that teen dating violence is a public health problem. The fact sheet also presents CDC’s approach to teen dating violence prevention.
Authors: Centers for Disease Control
2014
The theme of investing in something meaningful, gender equality, and divesting from something harmful, the practices of gender violence, introduces a fresh dynamic into the debates about engaging men. The API Institute convened advocates, activists and researchers addressing domestic and sexual violence, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and gender equality to examine the complexities of analysis, strategy and community.
Authors: Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence