Articles or Reports
Articles or Reports | January 1, 2014
CALCASA is pleased to release this summary and compendium of research on sexual violence from 2005-2014 mostly from the United States. This document is both an update and a re-envisioning of the research reports last released by CALCASA in 2008. The current report focuses only on the most current research in order to reflect recent trends and advances in both the topics studied and methods used by researchers. We attempted to do a thorough review of the research literature, however this report is not meant to be an exhaustive detailing of every piece of research on sexual violence. Instead it is meant to be a concise summary of relevant research that can be used to support the work of CALCASA member agencies, rape crisis centers and rape prevention programs.
Articles or Reports | February 13, 2015
Embracing these three concepts will do a lot to move law enforcement into the future of effective response and investigation of DV/CEDV calls for service
This online adult/adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) didactic training program is geared toward the Registered Nurse or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse planning on practicing in the role of SANE. This course meets the IAFN SANE Education Guidelines and provides 40 contact hours in nursing upon completion. Please note the following:
1. The course must be completed in 12 weeks or less to receive credit;
2. License in good standing verification is required (we will be verifying your license following payment for the course-failure to provide this information will result in immediate course cancellation);
3. High speed internet connectivity and speakers or a head set is necessary to obtain content;
4. No refunds will be given for failure to complete.
This course has been accepted by the New York State Department of Health.
$350 Member Rate
$500 Non-member Rate
Articles or Reports | January 1, 2006
This position paper on best practice reflects the views of the Criminal Justice, Victim Response, and Medical Forensic Committees of the Task Force and was approved by the entire Task Force in 2006.
Book | January 1, 2020
A Community Based Model Providing Services for Deaf and Deaf-blind Victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Articles or Reports | June 1, 1995
Deaf and Deaf-Blind women and children are at risk of being long term victims of sexual assault and domestic violence without culturally and linguistically relevant services. While Deaf and Deaf-Blind victim issues do not differ significantly from the mainstream population, relevant and accessible services have not traditionally been available to the Deaf and Deaf-Blind communities. This article proposes a strategy for providing such services based on a model developed by the only Deaf-run agency in the United States.
Articles or Reports | January 1, 2005
Tools & Templates | January 1, 2004
This helpful guide provides a detailed overview of human trafficking, as well as how to assess and meet the needs of individual victims of trafficking. This guide also provides a thorough review of the legal options available for victims of trafficking, as well as the resources available to them.
A Guide to Civil Lawsuits: Practical Considerations for Survivors of Rape and Childhood Sexual Abuse
Tools & Templates | February 1, 2007
The purpose of this guide is to help you, the survivor, understand the advantages and disadvantages of suing your perpetrator in civil court. The guide outlines the factors that may influence a decision to file a lawsuit, guides you through the attorney-selection process, and describes each step of a civil lawsuit. The guide also includes contact information for ICASA member centers and attorney referral services.
Protocols | April 1, 2016
With successful medical forensic care as a goal, OVW released the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations—Adults/Adolescents in 2004 and a second edition in 2013.1 It was evident during protocol development that the medical forensic care of adult and adolescent victims should be addressed separately from younger child victims, as considerable variations in approaches exist with these populations. OVW is pleased to now offer the National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations—Pediatric, which focuses on prepubescent children.
A National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations: Adults/Adolescents, 2nd Edition
Protocols | April 1, 2013
This protocol was designed as a guide for practitioners who respond to victims of sexual assault, including health care professionals, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, interpreters, advocates, and others. Combining cutting edge response techniques with collaboration among service providers will greatly enhance our ability to treat and support victims as well as identify and prosecute the sex offenders. We hope that this protocol lays the foundation for these efforts.
A pilot study to test the differential validity of a genital injury severity scale, in development for use in forensic sexual assault examinations
Articles or Reports | January 6, 2012
This pilot study tests the empirical validity (initial differential validity) of a genital injury severity scale (GISS) under development by the authors with the hypothesis that women who report SA have more severe external genital injuries than those who engage in consensual intercourse (CI).
Articles or Reports | January 1, 2008
Articles or Reports | October 1, 2012
Documentation from sexual assault medical-forensic examinations will often note that no injury was found to the female genitalia or anus. Rates of sexual assault injury vary widely in published reports and may be impacted by a variety of issues, including the types of techniques used to assess the patient and the amount of time between the assault and the exam. The absence of anogenital injury does not mean that a sexual assault didn’t occur. Anticipating the circumstances when injury will be identified is a challenge.
Articles or Reports | May 1, 2014
When victims are unable to get the exams, or do not get the exams in a culturally relevant and appropriate manner, people who are victimized are not helped, perpetrators of sexually violent crimes are not prosectued, and public safety is not improved.
Accessing the Probative Value of Physical Evidence at Crime Scenes with Ambient Mass Spectrometry and Portable Instrumentation
Articles or Reports | May 1, 2015
The amount and variety of evidence collected at a typical crime scene is extensive. While many significant analytical methods have been established over the years, particularly hyphenated mass spectrometric techniques, forensic laboratories cannot keep up with the demand, and in many cases, significant backlogs of evidence have amassed. While this points to a need for more rapid, streamlined technologies for forensic analysis, a significant reduction in collected evidence, leading to a subsequent reduction in backlogged evidence, would come from the ability to access the probative value of chemical evidence at the crime scene itself, allowing only pertinent samples to be sent to off-site laboratories for confirmation. Screening of physical evidence at the crime scene also has the capability to rapidly determine whether a criminal investigation is needed and provide law enforcement personnel with necessary information in a timely manner, which in many cases is crucial. To assist in the reduction of collected samples while increasing the overall quality of said evidence, it would beneficial for forensic science practitioners to have technology at their disposal that is not only portable, allowing the screening of potential evidence before collection, but also flexible in terms of chemical species and sample substrates that can be analyzed. This flexibility, in particular, would allow this technology to be robust towards the ingenuity of criminals and emerging threats.
Articles or Reports | December 9, 2004
A postal survey was conducted of members of the Association of Forensic Physicians (UK) to determine whether accidental anal intercourse occurs in heterosexual relationships and, if so, whether intoxication by alcohol or drugs and sexual inexperience were likely to be causative factors.
Articles or Reports | January 1, 1991
Information on the development of acquaintance rape prevention programs is provided with particular focus on college policies and procedures.
Articles or Reports | March 27, 2002
The Problem-Oriented Guides for Police summarize knowledge about how police can reduce the harm caused by specific crime and disorder problems. They are guides to prevention and to improving the overall response to incidents, not to investigating offenses or handling specific incidents. The guides are written for police–of whatever rank or assignment–who must address the specific problem the guides cover.