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SEEKING SUPPORT?
The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.

Factsheets

Understanding National Rape Statistics: Applied Research Forum

This Applied Research paper provides an overview of how estimates of sexual violence in the United States are produced, with particular emphasis on major sources of rape statistics at the national level.

The Cost of Inaction: Social and Economic Consequences of Untreated Sexual Violence in NYC

Sexual violence can have very harmful and lasting consequences for victims, families, and communities. Victims of sexual violence face both immediate and long-term physical and psychological consequences, including disability preventing work, symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and attempted or completed suicide. This factsheet examines the social and economic consequences of sexual violence in NYC.

Timeline of Legislation and Events around Acute care for Survivors of Sexual Assault in NYC and NYS

Developed by the Alliance and featured in our report How SAFE is NYC? Sexual Assault Services in Emergency Departments

Sexual Victimization of Youth in New York City

Research published over the last decade has explored the incidence, prevalence, and consequences of sexual victimization of youth, including attempted and/or completed rape, sexual coercion and harassment, child sexual abuse, and sexual contact with force or threat of force within adolescent acquaintance and dating relationships. Current research reveals that adolescents are more likely to experience sexually violent crimes than any other age group. In New York City, one study found approximately one in four young women aged 14 to 23 experienced an unwanted sexual experience in the past year (Rickert, Wiemann et al. 2004). These findings reveal the urgent need to address the risk factors for experiencing sexual violence, the health and psychosocial implications of victimization, and to increase resources for preventing violence among youth in New York City.

Models of Participatory Research

There are many models for participatory research, all of which value democratic participation, community involvement and follow-up action. However, there are a number of ways in which these goals can be achieved. There are five models outlined here with short examples of the types of research for which they have been used.

Katrina, Natural Disasters and Sexual Violence

Why does rape occur in the aftermath of natural disasters and other humanitarian crises? Rape and violence against women in the aftermath of humanitarian disasters is no new problem. Internationally, rape in refugee situations has become quite common. According to the Human Rights Watch document "Sexual Violence Against Refugees: Guidelines on Prevention and Response", there are several causes or circumstances which allow sexual attacks to take place.

The identification and treatment of physical and sexual violence among adolescents in a healthcare setting

This document was produced by The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center and Angela Diaz, MD, MPH, from "Physical and Sexual Violence Among Youth: Intervention Policies and Programs"

Related Links

Rally to Take Rape Seriously