Anyone can be a victim of sexual violence, regardless of age, race, or gender. Likewise, assailants can be anyone: strangers, friends, or family members.
Crimes involving sexual violence often lead to long-term negative consequences for the victim. In addition to any physical injuries from the assault, victims often suffer from emotional and psychological trauma that sexual violence introduces into their lives.
SANE programs train registered nurses to provide comprehensive health care to survivors of sexual assault leading to higher prosecution and conviction rates in sexual abuse cases. SART programs help communities provide a coordinated response for victims in what can often seem like a complicated maze of governmental and community agencies.
The following resources provide information on sexual abuse or violence.
- Office for Victims of Crime Grant Programs: Sexual Assault Victim Services FY 2019 Topical Snapshot
- Advancing the Implementation of Effective, Survivor-Driven Advocacy
- Who Experiences Violent Victimization and Who Accesses Services? Findings From the National Crime Victimization Survey for Expanding Our Reach
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Information about drug-facilitated sexual assault can be found in Drug-Facilitated Rape: Looking for the Missing Pieces, an article in the National Institute of Justice Journal.
Additional information about drug-facilitated rape/sexual assaults is available in the National Institute of Justice-sponsored resource Drug-facilitated, Incapacitated, and Forcible Rape: A National Study.
GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) is a depressant drug that is sometimes used in to perpetrate crimes, such as sexual assaults and rapes. Information about its use in drug-facilitated rape/sexual assault can be found in the following National Institute of Justice (NIJ) produced resources—
- Drug-Facilitated Rape: Looking for the Missing Pieces,
- Drug-facilitated, Incapacitated, and Forcible Rape: A National Study, and
- Estimate of the Incidence of Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault in the U.S.