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

FAQ and Factsheets: Incest

Child Abuse

Child abuse does not discriminate. It spans all racial, gender, socio-economic and demographic boundaries. While it may be more likely to be reported and thus reflected in greater numbers of cases involving lower income families, it is by no means a problem limited to members of one economic or racial group. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Child Sexual Abuse

Twenty-nine percent of female rape victims in America were younger than eleven when they were raped (National Center for Victims of Crime & Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, 1992). Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Child Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse can happen to boys or girls of any race, ethnicity, or economic background. If you know a child who is being sexually abused, you can help put a stop to it. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Bulletins for Teens

Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse includes a wide range of sexual behaviors that take place between a child and an older person. These sexual behaviors are intended to erotically arouse the older person, generally without consideration for the reactions or choices of the child and without consideration for the effects of the behavior upon the child. Behaviors that are sexually abusive often involve bodily contact, such as in the case of sexual kissing, touching, fondling of genitals, and oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse. However, behaviors may be sexually abusive even if they don't involve contact, such as in the case of genital exposure ("flashing"), verbal pressure for sex, and sexual exploitation for purposes of prostitution or pornography. Read More...

From the Series: The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Child Sexual Abuse: Defining the Problem

Mental health approaches to child sexual abuse tend to ignore the social and cultural context of any given episode of sexual abuse. As an organization, Generation Five is committed to shifting responses to child sexual abuse from individualized, mental health approaches to approaches that acknowledge child sexual abuse and exploitation as a social and political issue. The public health approach, the family violence approach, and the human rights approach are discussed as alternatives to the mental health approach. Read More...

From the Series: Generation Five

Complex PTSD

The diagnosis of PTSD accurately describes the symptoms that result when a person experiences a short-lived trauma. For example, car accidents, natural disasters, and rape are considered traumatic events of time-limited duration. However, chronic traumas continue for months or years at a time. Clinicians and researchers have found that the current PTSD diagnosis often does not capture the severe psychological harm that occurs with such prolonged, repeated trauma. For example, ordinary, healthy people who experience chronic trauma can experience changes in their self-concept and the way they adapt to stressful events. Dr. Judith Herman of Harvard University suggests that a new diagnosis, called Complex PTSD, is needed to describe the symptoms of long-term trauma. Read More...

From the Series: The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Crime Victims Rights in the News Media

The news media can often inflict a "second victimization" upon crime victims or survivors by enhancing their feelings of violation, disorientation, and loss of control. It is important for journalists to understand the emotions felt by victims and survivors, who are often disoriented and confused following a crime. Victims should have the rights when dealing with media that include refusing interviews, limiting the scope of questions, demanding corrections, and the right to anonymity. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Crimes Against Children

Every state recognizes a special duty to protect children. Across the country, states have defined numerous crimes against children, provided higher levels of punishment for crimes committed against children, required the reporting of crimes against children, and adopted a variety of special laws aimed at reducing the victimization of children. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

False Allegations of Sexual Assault vs. "Unfounded" Sexual Assaults

Distinctions between false allegations and unfounded allegations are difficult to make because they require knowing the motivation of the complainant. Some police departments will erroneously label a case unfounded when they should make use of other administrative codes. When reporting practices are reformed, the percentage of unfounded cases drops dramatically. Read More...

From the Series: The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

Grief: Children

The death of a family member or friend can be a painful, confusing and often frightening experience at any point in one's life. Yet, to suffer this loss as a child brings with it a unique and perhaps more complex set of issues and intricacies. Lack of emotional maturity and limited coping capabilities may render a child emotionally unable to work through the grief that accompanies the death of a loved one. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Incest

While the prevalence and severity of child abuse in the United States has been given an increasing amount of attention -- attitudes, definitions and statistics continue to vary. The examination of incest may incite some of the greatest discrepancies, for it remains one of the most under-reported and least discussed crimes in our nation. An almost international taboo, incest often remains concealed by the victim because of guilt, shame, fear, social and familial pressure, as well as coercion by the abuser. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Key Messages About Safety for Girls

Ten key messages about safety for girls. Read More...

From the Series: Girls Inc.

Men and Sexual Trauma

At least 10% of men in our country have suffered from trauma as a result of sexual assault. Like women, men who experience sexual assault may suffer from depression, PTSD, and other emotional problems as a result. However, because men and women have different life experiences due to their different gender roles, emotional symptoms following trauma can look different in men than they do in women. Read More...

From the Series: The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Missing Children

Missing children includes two categories: children who have been taken, and those who have left. These two categories can be broken down into five different sub-categories: non-family abductions; family abductions; runaways; throwaways; and lost, injured, or otherwise missing. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Multicultural Victims

With the increasing diversity of the U.S. population there is growing awareness of the need for culturally-specific responses to victims' needs. Victim service providers need to be aware first of their own possible cultural biases and the fact that others have widely varying responses to trauma. Providers must then be willing to learn about various cultures, to attend trainings aimed at developing multicultural sensitivity, and to mold their treatment practices accordingly. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

PTSD in Children and Adolescents

The diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was formally recognized as a psychiatric diagnosis in 1980. At that time, little was known about what PTSD looked like in children and adolescents. This fact sheet provides information regarding what events cause PTSD in children, how many children develop PTSD, risk factors associated with PTSD, what PTSD looks like in children, other effects of trauma on children, treatment for PTSD, and what you can do for your child. Read More...

From the Series: The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Safety Tips for Children: Grades K-5

Most grown-ups are nice to kids and care about what happens to them. But every now and then there are grown-ups who try to touch a child in a way that is not okay. It might be a person you know and trust, like a relative, teacher or neighbor. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Safety Plans

School-Based Victim Services

School crime and violence have reached alarming proportions across the country, causing concerns among victims, their families and educators. The creation of school-based victim service programs is proving to be an effective first step towards assisting victims, as well as developing crime prevention programs. Effective victim assistance programs respond to chronic trauma or the victimization that occurs in everyday life as well as the critical trauma or violent incidents that occur on school grounds and campuses. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Special Provisions for Children in the Criminal Justice System

As awareness of the prevalence of crimes against children increases, and legislators become educated as to the needs of child victims in the judicial system, a wide range of special provisions has been adopted to make the child's participation in the system less traumatic. All states and the District of Columbia have adopted one or more of the child victim and witness provisions discussed here. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics

Victim Impact Statements

The term "victim impact statement" refers to written or oral information about the impact of the crime on the victim and the victim's family. Victim impact statements are most commonly used at sentencing. Such statements provide a means for the court to refocus its attention, at least momentarily, on the human cost of the crime. They also provide a way for the victim to participate in the criminal justice process. The right to make an impact statement generally is extended beyond the direct victim to homicide survivors, the parent or guardian of a minor victim, and the guardian or representative of an incompetent or incapacitated victim. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics
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"SVP" By Jonathan G.