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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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2004
7 masculinity researchers write about masculinity and its link to violence around the world, suggesting ways in which men can be involved in combatting violence. This summary of research includes the Appendix, "Costs of Male Violence" by Stefan de Vylder.
Authors: Larry Ferguson, Jeff Hearn, Oystein Gullvag Holter, Lars Jalmert, Michael Kimmel, James Lang, & Robe
What's in it for men? Here are some talking points that men can use with other men and boys to answer this question.
Authors: Futures Without Violence
Winter 2010
This Winter 2010 newsletter addresses the bystander intervention approach to sexual violence prevention.
Authors: Partners in Social Change / various authors
June 2011
This UK report sets out 15 innovative case studies of 'promising' prevention programs including workshops with boys in schools, drama groups, enabling girls at risk of gang violence to access decision makers, and training ‘bystanders’ to intervene to challenge the attitudes of their peers.
Authors: María Baños Smith
Summer 2011
Involving men in the movement to end sexual violence poses unique challenges. Articles in this newsletter discuss men’s accountability in the movement, engaging queer and trans men, and features a collective statement by a university men’s group.
Authors: Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP)
2009
This guide is meant to aid SARCs and VA’s in leading conversations about bystander intervention and response to victims of sexual assault. The posters promote healthy and safe sexual behaviors. This tagline was directed at encouraging men to prevent sexual violence.
Authors: Department of Defense
Updated 2010
This page provides information on the unique experiences of men who face sexual violence. It discusses some common differences in men’s experiences based on societal expectation and gender roles, which can dictate responses and reactions to disclosures of sexual violence.
Authors: National Center for PTSD
2011
This review evaluates parenting interventions to prevent child sexual abuse and impact gender socialization.
Authors: Laura McCloskey
This guide reviews actions groups and individuals are taking in their communities to engage men and boys in ending violence against women and girls. It encourages readers to move beyond this point and imagine what can be.
Authors: Men’s Nonviolence Project of the Texas Council on Family Violence
2010
This report describes how many men use violence against women, what men think about violence against women, and what role men can and do play in reducing and preventing this violence.
Authors: Michael Flood