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Definition

Sexual Assault – According to the Rape Assault Incest National Network, the term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include:

  • Attempted rape
  • Fondling or unwanted sexual touching
  • Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator’s body
  • Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape

Key concepts: sexual assault, rape, sexual violence, Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault

Articles and Books

Book 1
The sexual healing journey: A guide for survivors of sexual abuse
Maltz, W. (2012). The sexual healing journey: A guide for survivors of sexual abuse. New York, NY: William Morrow.
Wendy Maltz sensitively takes readers step-by-step through the recovery process integrating expert advice with groundbreaking exercises, proven techniques, and first-person accounts of women and men at every stage of sexual healing.
Book 2
Screaming through the silence: Memories, truths and a hope towards understanding
Ricciardi, M. A. (2011). Screaming through the silence: Memories, truths and a hope towards understanding. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse.
“The author shares what she knows to be true about the emotional ruin that trails behind silence and myths surrounding intimate violence.” The book includes the stories of assault and abuse that survivors experienced in hopes that these words will encourage better understanding and awareness for others.
Article 1
First response to victims of crime: A guidebook for law enforcement officers
Woods, T. O. (2015). First response to victims of crime: A guidebook for law enforcement officers. US Department of Justice: Scholars Choice.
A resource to help law enforcement officers better respond to crimes to ensure better outcomes for victims.

Manuals and Guides

Resurrection after rape

Resurrection after rape: A guide to transforming from victim to survivor

Written as a collaboration between a therapist and survivors of rape this is book is a guide for women who are making the journey through therapy. The journals, art, and stories of women who have triumphed over this trauma can help victims take the steps toward recovery. The book is very useful for therapists and survivors alike.

Recovering from rape

Recovering from rape

“Practical advice on overcoming the trauma and coping with police, hospitals, and the courts—for survivors of sexual assault and their families, lovers, and friends.”

The WHO report on Violence and Health

The WHO report on Violence and Health – Chapter 6 Sexual Violence

Taking a worldwide perspective this chapter from the larger report offers an in-depth account on sexual violence.

The Sexual Assault Advocacy Manual

Night falls fast: understanding suicide

A 70 page document that provides good information about advocacy, the impact of sexual violence, health concerns of survivors, the criminal justice system and more. Similar to CACASA above this is Wisconsin’s coalition to creating the social change to end sexual violence.

Current Top Websites

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Sexual Violence

The CDC’s webpage for sexual violence. It offers information and various resources on the topic of sexual violence.

RAINN – Rape Assault Incest National Network

The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. It hosts the National Sexual Assault Hotline. RAINN has consulting services and some of its goals are to help survivors, educate the public, and improve public policy.

NSVRC – The National Sexual Violence Resource Center

The mission of NSVRC “is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaborating, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.”

The Office on Women’s Health Relationship and Safety

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) was established in 1991 to improve the health of U.S. women by advancing and coordinating a comprehensive women’s health agenda.” Their mission is to “provide national leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls through policy, education, and model programs.”

CALCASA

— California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
CALCASA is “the only professional organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of and supporting the work of rape crisis centers, which operate independently throughout California. CALCASA is committed to ending sexual violence through a multifaceted approach of prevention, intervention, education, research, advocacy and public policy.”

No More

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) was established in 1991 to improve the health of U.S. women by advancing and coordinating a comprehensive women’s health agenda.” Their mission is to “provide national leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls through policy, education, and model programs.”

It's On Us

A movement that created a 4-part pledge that people take to stand up to sexual assault. Recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault, to identify situations in which sexual assault may occur, intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given and to create an environment which sexual assault is unacceptable, and survivors are supported.

Know your IX

“Know Your IX is a survivor- and youth-led project of Advocates for Youth that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools”

Webinars and Online Trainings

Victim Assistance Training Online

“VAT Online is a foundational Web-based victim assistance training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and knowledge they need to more effectively assist victims of crime.” The complete course is 40 hours but is divided into sections that allows for the ability to choose specific areas of focus.

Tools Available Online

Outreach Guide

The National Sexual Assault Hotline Outreach Guide This is a toolkit for organizations to use to connect people with help using RAINN's services.

Stop SV

Stop SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence

Prevent Connect

A national online project dedicated to the primary prevention of Sexual assault and domestic violence. It provides information through e-learning tools, podcasts, and other sources.

Presentations

Sexual Assault Presentation

Sexual Assault Presentation

A presentation by Ela Bak on the basic guide to understanding sexual assault.
Includes the topics of defining sexual assault, defining consent, looking into the past, and looking at sexual assault in today’s time.

101 Things You Can Do to Prevent Sexual Assault

101 Things You Can Do to Prevent Sexual Assault

A power point created by the residential life department at the University of Maryland with 101 quick things people can do the help prevent sexual assault.

Infographics

YWCA Infographic on Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Click here to visit Infographic

National Sexual Violence Resource Center Infographic

Click here to visit Inforgraphic

Self-Care After Trauma

Click here to visit Self-Care

National Sexual Violence resource center: Resources for Advocates and Educators

Click here to visit Advocates & Educators

News Articles

How We Got Here: A History of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center blog on the history of SAAM

Sexual Harassment

A list of articles about sexual harassment from the New York Times

Articles on Sexual Assault

Over 100 articles relating to sexual assault from the Conversation website. The Conversation is an independent, not for profit media outlet that uses content sourced from the academic and research community.

She Didn’t Fight Back: 5 (Misguided) Reasons People Doubt Sexual Misconduct Victims

A New York Times article outlining 5 reasons people may not believe victims of sexual misconduct including the victim didn’t come forward right away or the victim didn’t fight back.

Online Videos

The Hunting Ground

A documentary on the common practice of sexual assault on college campuses and the failure of administrators to deal with it effectively

Til it Happens to You

A Song by Lady Gaga about Sexual Assault

6 Videos dealing with violence against women and sexual assault

Bears 1 in 5

An eye-opening take on the statistic that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted in college

Nevada Specific Resources

Tools

List of Programs offering Sexual or Domestic Violence Support in Nevada
The Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence list of programs in the state.

Articles

Quick Take: Sexual Assault Awareness
The Director of UNLV’s Women Center answers common questions about sexual assault and shares the resources available to the UNLV campus.
Rape Crisis Center Raises Funds as Number of Reported Rapes Increases
An article and podcast from KNPR in Las Vegas about the increase in Rape Reporting and other issues related to sex assault do in a large part to the #MeToo Movement. The article talks about some of the things the Police and other organizations are doing to help.

Organizations

Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
Nevada’s Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence is a statewide voice advocating for the prevention and elimination of violence by partnering with communities. The coalition focuses on advocacy, education, and support.
Nevada Cares
The University of Nevada Reno’s program that is developing and expanding outreach and education on interpersonal violence to students, faculty and staff across the UNR campus.
Jean Nidetch Women’s Center UNLV
The Jean Nidetch Women’s Center (JNWC) is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all genders through programming, services, and confidential advocacy for the UNLV Community.
The Rape Crisis Center- Las Vegas
Provides help for men and women who need help and support at this time, whether you experienced sexual assault or abuse days or decades ago, we are here for you. The RCC has a hotline – 702-366-1640, support groups, counseling, and yoga classes.
Crisis Call Center- Sexual Assault Support Services
“Provides crisis intervention services for survivors of sexual assault, as well as to family members, loved ones, and friends throughout Northern Nevada and Eastern California communities. All services are absolutely free of charge 24/7, 365.” Their purpose is to “provide unconditional support, provide resources and options to assist those victimized by any form of interpersonal violence towards healing and to becoming Survivors.”
Safe Embrace
Safe Embrace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to educating our community and providing services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. For over 17 years, we have been committed to ending the cycle of intimate partner violence with innovative intervention and prevention services in Reno, Nevada.
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