Understanding sexual violence on campuses

Sexual violence, or gender-based violence which uses sex as a tool of power and control, is a widely misunderstood phenomenon. That is part of why it is so pervasive. Building staffpeople's knowledge base around sexual violence, particularly the specific dynamics of a college setting, is crucial to developing a broad base of support for prevention and for students at risk of both victimization and perpetration.

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Common Myths about Sexual Violence

  • Judges Tell: What I Wish I Had Known Before I Presided in an Adult Sexual Assault Case  Developed by the National Judicial Education Program in conjunction with judges experienced in presiding over adult victim sexual assault cases, "Judges Tell" details the dynamics of such cases. http://jec.unm.edu/manuals-resources/manuals/Judges%20Tell.pdf/view
    Tags: Rape Myths  Response 
  • Sexual Violence in the Lives of Black Women (PDF:11PAGES/270KB)  It is imperative that our research, treatment, and intervention efforts meet the needs of women of color who have survived sexual violence. http://new.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/AR_SVAAWomen.pdf
  • Transforming a Rape Culture  A groundbreaking collection of diverse voices tackling a wide range of important issues, this book is a much-needed step toward eliminating the sources of rape and rape culture. http://milkweed.org/shop/product/156/transforming-a-rape-culture/
  • Understanding the Predatory Nature of Sexual Violence (PDF:12pages/42KB)  This paper, by sexual violence researcher Dr. David Lisak, examines the characteristics of undetected rapists - non-stranger rapists whose victims rarely report - in a college setting. http://www.innovations.harvard.edu/cache/documents/1348/134841.pdf
    Tags: Rape Myths  Research 

Research and Data

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-identified, Gender-Nonconforming, and Queer Specific Resources

  • 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People  The most comprehensive national research of its kind to date. The report documents experiences of over 5000 LGBTQQ students, faculty, and staff at US colleges. http://www.campuspride.org/research/
    Tags: LGBTQ  Research 
  • Culturally Competent Service Provision to LGBT Survivors  We have an ethical mandate to serve all survivors of sexual violence. Yet LGBT survivors have often been excluded from our work. http://new.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/AR_LGBTSexualViolence.pdf
    Tags: LGBTQ  Response 
  • Forge Forward  FORGE supports, educates and advocates for the rights and lives of transgender individuals across the gender spectrum, forging a movement that embraces and empowers our diverse complexities. http://forge-forward.org/anti-violence/
  • Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project  The Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project is a grassroots, non-profit organization founded to assist and support victims and survivors of domestic violence, focusing on the GLBTQ community. http://gmdvp.org/
  • Hate Violence against LGBT People in the United States (PDF:95pages/5.5GB)  This report provides the most comprehensive data on anti-LGBT violence in the US and provides recommendations for ways to advance prevention of hate violence. http://www.avp.org/documents/2008HVReportDraft3smallerfile.pdf
    Tags: LGBTQ  Research 
  • LGBTQArchitect  This website will guide you through documentation for campus administrators working with LGBTQ populations. Use these documents to construct a program for yourself. http://architect.lgbtcampus.org/
  • OutFront Minnesota Anti-Violence Program  A broad-based effort to end violence and harassment against LGBT community members in Minnesota and support victim/survivors of violence. http://www.outfront.org/programs/avp
    Tags: LGBTQ 
  • The LGBT Community and Sexual Violence  This one hour webinar provides basic information about LGBTQ communities. Specific focus is on counseling techniques and prevention education tips for rape crisis center advocates and educators. http://www.pcar.org/lgbt-community-and-sexual-violence
    Tags: LGBTQ  Response  Webinars 
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