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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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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
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
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
September 23, 2013
According to this testimony, “Native women experience violent victimization at a higher rate than any other U.S. population. Congressional findings are that Native American and Alaska Native women are raped 34.1%, more than 1 in 3, will be raped in their lifetime, 64%, more than 6 in 10, will be physically assaulted.
Authors: Lisa Brunner
August 2013
These flowcharts are intended to provide an overview of the statutory structure of service and placement responses to DMST victims to contribute to the ongoing conversation regarding promising approaches, pervasive challenges and the need to establish new systems versus changing existing systems.
Authors: Shared Hope International
August 2013
This report provides the results of a CHRC led research project that provides information on the gaps in legal services and identifies the opportunities for improving outcomes. Also included is input from service providers around the country for a national comparison.
Authors: Katherine Kaufka Walts, Linda Rio Reichmann and Catherine Lee
Summer 2013
HSTS is an early childhood trauma intervention model created by Crittenton Children’s Center in Kansas City, MO. It is designed to support young children as well as, the parents and teachers who love and care about them. HSTS promotes the development of systemic trauma awareness in Head Start communities, teaching resiliency and practical lifelong coping skills.
Authors: Avis Smith