Rape Crisis Information pathfinder- hotlines, crisis centers and sexual assault research
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Feminist sites on rape
This is a survivor / feminist site – I am no longer a victim is the motto. When you hit your survivor stage you will feel stronger and may want to tell your story on a message board. This site deals with the telling of our stories and how it aids in the healing process and regaining our strength.
Current events stories on sexual assault. Since its creation in 1975, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) has been at the forefront of the anti-sexual violence movement. PCAR has utilized its voice to advance the rights of countless victims and to affect critical change through its active role in public policy, education, and prevention.
NOW- The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. This is the NOW page on violence against women.
Write to 5 newspapers/ media at a time with this NOW form for contacting the press. Select a state to contact and just check which media you would like to send an email to.
Look up statistics on the RAINN website.
Grrl Activistas is a group for
those interested in sexual violence. You can share:
Andrea Dworkin - LETTERS FROM A WAR ZONE: WRITINGS 1976 - 1989
Discussion and debate on a variety of topics concerning women.
Rape and Sexual Assault Petitions
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letter concerning the tragedy in Darfur to your representatives or officials.
The form below will take you to an automatic email system to contact them.
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Successful petitions previously listed on this page
Can we get rapists off our streets and behind bars? Yes, thanks to the efforts of Lifetime Television and people like you. More than 110,000 viewers signed a critical petition supporting the Justice for All Act of 2004 and made a crucial difference in assuring the recent Senate and House passage of the bill. This significant legislation will eliminate the backlog of untested DNA evidence by providing $1 billion in funding over five years to significantly improve the collection and processing of DNA evidence, and better train police officers, sexual assault forensic nurses and prosecutors.
New petitions to sign
A request for Public Service Announcements to appear in the media on a DAILY basis, to educate the public about the precautions which can be taken to protect themselves from predators.
WADV feels that all persons have a right to exist without fear on this earth. If you agree and would like to help in our effort to strengthen laws on Domestic Violence, sign the petition below. Your signature along with those of other concerned individuals will be forwarded to President George W. Bush, your Congressman and Representatives.
This petition calls upon the Surgeon General to declare the trauma of rape a national health problem of epidemic proportions.
War and Rape
Harassment, Discrimination and Domestic Violence Issues.
Although widespread, rape of women
has been an underreported aspect of military conflict until recently.
The current war in the former Yugoslavia has focused attention on the
use of rape as a deliberate strategy to undermine community bonds and
weaken resistance to aggression. In addition to providing treatment for
individual survivors, the medical community has an important role to play
in investigating and documenting incidents of rape. Such documentation
can help to establish the magnitude of rape in war and hold perpetrators
accountable. Since rape in war affects not only the individual but also
the family and community to which the survivor belongs, the restoration
of social and community bonds is central to the process of healing and
must be addressed within the specific cultural setting.
1999 National NOW Times - Rape as a tool of war is not new. Marauding armies have always used rape as a means of controlling the minds and bodies of those they sought to conquer.
Male sexual assault survivors
Society is becoming increasingly aware of male rape. However, experts believe that current male rape statistics vastly under-represent the actual number of males age 12 and over who are raped each year. Rape crisis counselors estimate that while only one in 50 raped women report the crime to the police, the rates of under-reporting among men are even higher (Brochman, 1991).
Overcoming sexual victimization of boys and men.
This page contains links to general
bibliographies on the Web and feminist men's groups.
Victim assistance and legal resources
For immediate victim assistance
call 1 800-879-6682 24 hours a day.
The National Center for Victims of Crime works to make sure all crime victims get the assistance and information they need. We are committed to doing our best to help you.
A comprehensive collection of victim assistance resources. See the menu on the left side.
The National Organization for Victim
Assistance is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of victim
and witness assistance programs and practitioners, criminal justice agencies
and professionals, mental health professionals, researchers, former victims
and survivors, and others committed to the recognition and implementation
of victim rights and services.
The National Center maintains a comprehensive collection of on-line resources in addition to our extensive database of service providers for referrals. The NCVC has a toll-free helpline (1-800-FYI-CALL or 1-800-211-7996 (tty/tdd)) or (202) 467-8700 for assistance finding information.
A directory of pro bono legal resources.
From the American Bar Association- a guide to seeking legal help.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is a comprehensive collection and distribution center for information, statistics, and resources related to sexual violence. It serves as a resource for state, territory, and tribal anti-sexual assault coalitions, rape crisis centers, allied organizations, community projects, policy-makers, government entities, media, educators, health care providers and others working to address and eliminate sexual assault.
Lawlink provides quick access to important legal information from the American Bar Association and other resources. Each site is selected and evaluated by a member of the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center staff.
The ABA Legal Guide for Women covers what every woman needs to know about the law and her rights. It explains women's rights to prevent sex discrimination and sexual harassment at school and work; pregnancy leave, parental leave, and working from home; rights and responsibilities in marriage; the rights of unmarried couples and same-sex couples; divorce and separation; and child support, custody and visitation. Special chapters deal with women's health and reproductive issues, including infertility, contraception, pregnancy, and abortion. Chapters also deal with the law on sexual assault and domestic violence, credit issues for women, and retirement and estate planning. Written in a plain, direct style, without legal jargon, it will help women understand and deal with these important legal aspects of their lives.
Private Sector Resources
PublicData.com is providing one-click search of sex offender databases in most states.
General information for victims including how to find a lawyer (directory), statute of limitations, current events and recommended reading.
Listings by state- if you are unable to locate an attorney in our directory, you might want to try your local bar associations
This includes state bar associations.
National Registry of Sex Offenders. You can view photographs and names of registered offenders by State and City in many areas of the US.
Click on the map of states to view local resources.
Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center
The Office for Victims of Crime
(OVC) was established by the 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to oversee
diverse programs that benefit victims of crime.
International Victim Assistance / Legal Resources
The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) is a database of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. These GLIN members contribute the official full texts of published documents to the database in their original language. Each document is accompanied by a summary in English and subject terms selected from the multilingual index to GLIN.
The truly global law organisation for individual legal professionals, bar associations and law societies.
Under archive of decisions select "by topic" 1990- present. Click the criminal law link and then add the search term "sexual assault" in the text box.
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