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A Family Perspective to Sibling Sexual Abuse
May, 2014

Keane, Guest, & Padbury (2013) explored issues of sibling sexual abuse in their recent article. According to the authors, there must be a balance of concern for victims of sibling sexual abuse, as well as those who offend. They rejected the feminist framework that prioritizes victim rights (specifically in the instance of youth offending) in order to look at it from a developmental framework.

Adult theories of offending are located in research that suggests the…

Child Sexual Abuse
Black Women, Rape, and Resistance—a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power
November, 2018

From the earliest days of America to today, African American women have been at the forefront of movements against sexual violence and rape. The Dark End of the Street is an essential history of sexual violence and the Movement against it in the United States. This book places the Anti-Sexual Assault Movement within the Civil Rights and Abolitionist Movements and centers the work and victimization of African American women. This book is essential reading for those working in the current…

Advocacy, Training Tools, Anti-Oppression, African Americans
January, 2016

Racism affects sexual assault survivors and individuals working in the advocacy field, and also creates an oppressive environment that contributes to sexual violence. What does the research say about effective ways to intervene?

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Anti-Oppression, Bystanders
February, 2012

This issue of the Digest focuses on research about children and teens that have come into contact with the criminal justice system because they are victims of crime. We know that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. When these crimes are reported, those individuals typically become involved with the criminal justice system.

As advocates, we recognize that the justice system can be complex, confusing, and often unpredictable. These concerns…

Child Sexual Abuse, Incarcerated Survivors
July, 2018

In the past decade, colleges and universities have been introducing and expanding sexual violence prevention efforts. These efforts take many forms, including online courses, peer education, and educational presentations among others. In the article "Sexual assault interventions may be doing more harm than good with high-risk males," researchers Malamuth, Huppin, and Linz analyze how these programs can impact students in different ways, and how they can sometimes produce unintended…

Culturally Specific, Schools & Campus
The Vulnerability of Immigrant Farmworkers in the US to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment
March, 2013

Sexual violence in agricultural farmworking occurs far too frequently due to the severe imbalance of power between employers and their immigrant workers. In addition to the personal trauma, survivors also encounter systematic barriers to reporting the abuse and holding the perpetrators accountable.

In this "Research & Advocacy Review," we examine a report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) about the sexual violence and harassment commonly experienced by farmworkers. We review the…

Immigrant & Refugee
May, 2003

Prevalence statistics consistently show a high incidence of sexual victimization among people with disabilities. In spite of this fact, people with disabilities are not significantly represented as clientele of traditional sexual assault delivery systems. This issue of the "Research and Advocacy Digest" provides specific information about sexual violence within various communities of people with disabilities. Furthermore, this digest highlights resources that explore socio-political factors…

March, 2015

Some forms of emergency contraception (EC) may not be as effective for heavier women. In particular, research studies have suggested that levonorgestrel (brand names Plan B One-Step® and Take Action™) might not be effective for individuals weighing more than 154 pounds, whereas ulipristal acetate (ella®) may only be effective up to 194 pounds. However, according to the American Society for Emergency Contraception (ASEC), these conclusions are based on very limited research and on…

Reproductive Health & Justice, Reproductive Coercion
Addressing the Whole Continuum
April, 2018

In the field of sexual violence prevention, bystander intervention is a strategy that has gained increased popularity over the years. We’ve seen it become the go-to strategy for many colleges and universities as they implement bystander intervention based programs on their campuses. Many of these efforts, but not all, focus on situations where alcohol and other drugs are present and being used to facilitate a sexual assault. In the article titled When Can I Help? A Conceptual Framework for…

November, 2008

The research presented here has several implica­tions for service providers. Our first aims are always to support the safety and self-determi­nation of child sexual abuse survivors in fos­ter care and their foster and adoptive parents. Since many of our interactions are likely to be with the parents, it is important that we ex­plain the dynamics and effects of sexual abuse and situate problematic behavior as a normal response to trauma. Service providers can ex­plain the importance of safety…

Child Sexual Abuse, Parents & Caregivers

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