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Building Stronger Sexual Assault Services Through Collaboration

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A Manual for Rape Crisis Programs and Communities in Texas for Developing Sexual Assault Coalitions.

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Bureau of Justice Statistics

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Collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

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Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy

Book | July 9, 2019
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This no-nonsense handbook surveys the most used and abused drugs from caffeine to heroin to methamphetamine. In both quick-reference summaries and in-depth analysis, it reports on how these drugs enter the body, how they manipulate the brain, their short-term and long-term effects, the different “highs” they produce, and the circumstances in which they can be deadly. Neither a “just say no” treatise nor a “how-to” manual, Buzzed is based on the conviction that people make better decisions with accurate information in hand.

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CALCASA – Training for Sexual Assault Counselors

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2008
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The contents of the manual are set up to provide you with a narrative background on topics that are critical to sexual assault counseling and advocacy.

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CALCASA Media Advocacy Guide

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The relationship between CALCASA member agencies and local media ranges anywhere from very close and collegial to non-existent or fearful. This guide should help to bridge gaps where they exist, to help build capacity for those who have not gone down that path, or as an additional resource for those who have developed media plans.

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California Crime Victims Assistance Association

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The California Crime Victims Assistance Association (CCVAA) is a professional organization, established in 1987, that serves every Victim/Witness Assistance Program in the state. In 1982, CCVAA was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

CCVAA’s mission is to advocate for crime victims’ rights and support Victim/Witness Assistance Programs that promote quality services for all crime victims and witnesses consistent with California law.

CCVAA provides members with a forum for training, information sharing, and collaboration, ensuring consistent, quality services throughout California. Additionally, the organization advocates for funding and legislation for Victim/Witness Assistance Programs.

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California Emergency Management Agency Informational Bulletin: Sexual Assault FAQs

Training Bulletins | January 1, 2012
Author: Other

This informational Bulletin contains information about:
•Implementation of the new California law
•Implementation of federally mandated sexual assault forensic medical examination.
•New CAL EMA 2-924 Abbreviated Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Exam Form for specified circumstances
•Existing CAL EMA 2-293 Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Exam Form continues

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California POST Guidelines on Adult / Adolescent Sexual Assault Investigation

Tools & Templates | June 1, 2008
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These guidelines are for law enforcement use when responding to and investigating sexual assault cases. Responses will vary depending upon individual agencies and jurisdictions.

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California SART Manual

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2016
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California Statutory Rape Vertical Prosecution – Fourth Year Report

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2000
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This report presents the results of the fourth year of funding for the Statutory Rape Vertical Prosecution (SRVP) Program. The SRVP Program is only in its fourth year and is continuing to gain momentum. More importantly, the issue of statutory rape as a major societal problem is gaining in public awareness. The SRVP Program is showing promising results and is making systemic changes in California’s response to the problem of statutory rape. This report recommends that the program be continued.

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California-Student Safety, Justice and Support: Policy Guidelines for Campuses Addressing Sexual Assault, Dating/Domestic Violence and Stalking

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2015
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This report is intended to provide specific recommendations and examples of effective policies in order for campuses to be in compliance with the Clery Act, Title IX, and recent changes to the California Ed. Code (via SB 967 and AB 1433). With a survivor-centered lens, we hope that campuses will begin to reach out to formalize meaningful partnerships with California rape crisis centers, as they develop trauma-informed response protocols and prevention programs to better serve student survivors and their campus communities.

This report covers topics including: confidentiality, options for survivors, campus disciplinary proceedings, coordinated response and review of campus policies, and how to develop resources for education, prevention, and intervention.

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Cambria County, PA – Sexual Assault Protocol and Anonymous Reporting of Sexual Assault Protocol

Protocols | April 1, 2011

This comprehensive sexual assault protocol includes a procedure for anonymous reporting. It was developed in Cambria County, PA and provides guidance on responding to victims who are reluctant or unsure about getting involved in the criminal justice system.

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Campus Violence Prevention Resource Guides

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The Campus Violence Prevention Resource Guides provide information that can help colleges and universities create a safe campus environment, whether they are developing and implementing new policies and programs or working to enhance existing ones. Specifically, the guides serve four purposes: (1) to inspire institutions of higher learning to strengthen policies and security/investigative strategies to respond to and reduce violent crimes against women on campus, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking; (2) to encourage campus communities to improve support services for victims/survivors of these crimes; (3) to promote collaboration and relationship building among campus organizations and between the institution and the local community; and (4) to emphasize the importance of prevention education in college and university curricula, activities and policymaking.

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Can one accurately date a bruise? State of the science

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2009
Author: Other

This article will demonstrate that using the color of the bruise as the primary criteria to determine its age is not the best practice. The limited available research and related literature on the topic are flawed and inconsistent. Finally, recommendations will be made for future research and clinical practice.

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Care of Prepubescent Pediatric Sexual Abuse Patients in the Emergency Care Setting

Press Releases | January 1, 2016
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Sexual abuse of prepubescent children is quite distinct from that of adult patients. The initial report may be of a single encounter of sexual assault, but abused children commonly experience this mistreatment over multiple weeks, months, or years because of offenders’ ready access to them. Dependence on caregivers and the child’s developmental age and cognitive ability create an opportunity for offenders to manipulate and silence children, especially if the offenders are family members or other trusted adults. Sexual abuse is often hidden by offenders, unwitnessed by others, and many times leaves no obvious physical signs of its occurrence. Children that experience sexual abuse often suffer from a wide range of health problems throughout their lifespan, with acute concerns that include sexually transmitted diseases, physical injuries, and psychological trauma. Child sexual abuse patients are at greater risk for a number of adverse psychological and somatic problems that may extend into adulthood.

Pediatric sexual abuse patients are not “little adults” and should not be treated under the same policies or guidelines used in the adult emergency care setting. The Joint Commission requires emergency care facilities to have policies and procedures for identifying, assessing, and maintaining legal responsibility for collection, retention, and safekeeping of evidentiary material relating to patient victims of childhood sexual assault, sexual molestation, abuse, and neglect. Healthcare providers within the emergency care setting have become part of a multidisciplinary team that, along with criminal justice and child protective services, recognizes child sexual abuse as a public health issue with long-term physical and psychosocial effects on children, families, and communities at large. In this trauma-informed approach, pediatric sexual abuse patients can benefit from specialized care by trained pediatric sexual assault nurses examiners (SANE). These recommendations are comparable to those for adult and adolescent sexual assault patients being evaluated and treated by specially trained adult/adolescent SANEs.

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Care of the Adult Patient After Sexual Assault

Articles or Reports | January 1, 2011
Author: Other

This Journal feature begins with a case vignette highlighting a common clinical problem. Evidence supporting various strategies is then presented, followed by a review of formal guidelines, when they exist. The article ends with the author’s clinical recommendations.

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Case File Review Guidebook

Tools & Templates | January 1, 2014

This toolkit is a step-by-step guide that leads SART Coordinators through the process of reviewing law enforcement case files. It is designed to help identify areas where a SART is successful in its response to victims, and other areas where it can improve. Information is provided for each of the core agencies in the SART: Law Enforcement, Medical, Prosecution, Advocacy, and Probation. The toolkit provides insights into how to make connections that help improve the criminal justice process for victims and agencies while also helping teams discover a multitude of opportunities and best practices to explore.

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Case Law Digest: Rape Shield Laws

Articles or Reports | February 1, 2013
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Generally, the Rape Shield statutes have been enacted across the country to protect alleged victims from unnecessary embarrassment and reluctance to testify at the chance their entire lives are up for judgment by the jury. The courts and legislatures consider the balance between the inflammatory or prejudicial nature of the evidence and the probative value of the evidence.

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CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study

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The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and later-life health and well-being.

The original ACE Study was conducted at Kaiser Permanente from 1995 to 1997 with two waves of data collection. Over 17,000 Health Maintenance Organization members from Southern California receiving physical exams completed confidential surveys regarding their childhood experiences and current health status and behaviors.

The CDC continues ongoing surveillance of ACEs by assessing the medical status of the study participants via periodic updates of morbidity and mortality data.

More detailed information about the study can be found on this page or in “Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults,” published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 1998, Volume 14, pages 245–258.

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Center for Disease Control

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Conducts research, creates and evaluations the effectiveness of violence prevention programs, and helps state and local partners plan, implement, and evaluate prevention programs.

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Center for Research on Women with Disabilities

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Promotes, develops, and disseminates information to improve the health and expand the life choices of women with disabilities.

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Center for Sex Offender Management

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A national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that supports state and local jurisdictions in the effective management of sex offenders.

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Cervical Findings in Rape Victims

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The difficulty of documenting genital findings in rape victims by gross visualization is well known. However, we report two cases in which cervical findings were readily established by colposcopic examination and photography. Use of the colposcope may significantly increase the reliability of establishing findings in rape victims.

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Charging Considerations in the Prosecution of Marital Rape

Articles or Reports | September 1, 2019
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Charging Perverting the Course of Justice and Wasting Police Time in Cases Involving Allegedly False Rape and Domestic Violence Report

Articles or Reports | March 1, 2013
Author: Other

In a first-of-its-kind study, the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK released this research report and the accompanying recommendations on cases where someone is prosecuted for filing a false report of sexual assault, domestic violence, or both. (This charge is called “Perverting the Course of Justice” in the UK.) The report also outlines steps the Crown Prosecution planned to put in place as a result of the findings. This report shows that any such charge must be considered in the context of the total number of prosecutions brought for those offences. It also highlights the complex nature of these cases.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Police Department Domestic Violence Unit Program Profile

Web Links | June 13, 2011
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In the early 1990s, the National Institute of Justice sponsored Spousal Assault Replication Program studies in several U.S. cities to explore the effects of policing practices on domestic violence. In the Charlotte, N.C., study, null effects were found for the deterrent effect of arrest on recidivism of domestic violence offenders—that is, arresting the offender did not have any significant effects on recidivism when compared to separating the offender from the victim or issuing a citation. The Charlotte–Mecklenburg Police Department concluded from the study that arrest alone was not enough to deter domestic violence and that further steps were necessary to reduce domestic violence in Charlotte. The department subsequently established a specialized unit to handle domestic violence cases, and the Domestic Violence Unit (DV Unit) was implemented as part of the Special Victims Unit in 1995. The goals of the unit are to reduce recidivism of serious domestic violence offenders and to assist victims of domestic violence through the process of prosecution and recovery.

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Child Sex Trafficking E-Learning

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