April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and below are some amazing resources just for you! The 23rd-29th of April is also National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and OVC’s theme for the week is “Survivor Voices: Elevate. Engage. Effect Change.”

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Working with and for Survivors

Understanding Dissociation and Sexual Violence: Grounding

from the Resource Sharing Project

Grounding is a coping strategy that helps survivors who dissociate stay connected to the present moment. Watch this panel discussion to learn more about grounding, a variety of techniques to ground, and what advocates can do to help survivors stay grounding.

We Can End Digital Victim-Blaming

How to Support Survivors of Sexual Violence Online

What does online victim-blaming look like and why is it harmful? Learn how online victim-blaming directly impacts survivors and what you can do to combat these messages.

Read the article from NSVRC

Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

Listen to the podcast here: Part 1 and Part 2

Bullying as a Developmental Precursor to Sexual and Dating Violence Across Adolescence

from the Center for Victim Research

The bully-sexual violence pathway is where bullying is a precursor for sexual violence and teen dating violence. View this webinar to learn about several school-based intervention approaches that have shown success in reducing rates of bullying and sexual violence.

Promoting Equity in Services

A Vision for Equity in Victim Services

What Do the Data Tell Us About the Work Ahead?

from OVC

Heather Warnken, J.D., LL.M. presents her work and vision to ensure equity in victim services by highlighting statistics on racial disparities and violent victimization.

Health Inequities: How to Combat Them In Our Response to Sexual Assault

Learn to implement cultural and social justice considerations to strengthen the approach to the medical forensic exam! This webinar will help you better understand the role of the forensic nurse in addressing oppression and inequities in the medical forensic exam.

Go to the webinar

“How Can We Do This Better?” Caring for Latin@ Survivors

Learn to identify community resources for Latin@ survivors! After watching this webinar, you will be able to explain when and how to facilitate language access, provide culturally specific care for Latin@ survivors, and address immigration concerns and questions.

Go to the webinar

Collective Power

A Practical Blueprint for Sexual Assault Programs to Create Community Partnerships and Collaborations

“Consider the fact that only a very small percentage of sexual abuse and assault survivors ever walk through the doors of an advocacy agency While referrals from medical professionals and law enforcement are now common, the community is much broader and should feel encouraged to access our advocacy services in broadly accessible spaces This is particularly true for survivors from communities that have reasons to distrust traditional service providers, such as people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQIA+ individuals. When we approach community activism in a fresh way, we may reach a greater diversity of survivors.”

View the PDF

Identifying and Preventing Gender and Intersectional Bias

in Law Enforcement Responses to Domestic and Sexual Violence

“The Guidance provides a foundation for considering how law enforcement can improve responses to survivors, women and girls of color, and people from historically exploited and vulnerable communities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) individuals, who are disproportionately impacted by sexual assault and domestic violence. Through eight sections (A-G), this collection offers resources for identifying and preventing gender, racial, and other forms of bias, especially for underserved and marginalized survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.”

Go to Collection

Brush up on your Landmarks in Victims’ Rights and Services…

A historical overview of Crime Victims’ Rights in America

View the PDF

From the MiVAN Archive

3 Times They Got It Right

When Doctors and Detectives in TV Dramas Exemplified Trauma-informed Practice Well

link to Blog Post

Back to Basics

Partnering with Survivors and Communities to Promote Health Equity at the Intersections of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence

link to Article

Skills for Responding to Sexual Assault

link to Webinar Series

For additional resources, view our roundup from 2022.