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News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


 

 

Con un marco importante de asistentes se llevó a cabo el lunes 8 de septiembre la presentación de la “Guía de Buenas Prácticas para el abordaje de niños/as, adolescentes víctimas o testigos de abuso sexual y otros delitos. Protección de sus derechos, acceso a la Justicia y obtención de pruebas válidas para el proceso” La disertación estuvo a cargo de los Dres Tony Butler, especialista en asuntos relacionados con la protección de niños y agresiones contra la integridad sexual, y Mariano Nino, coordinador de UNICEF.

Esta guía fue elaborada en forma conjunta por JUFEJUS-ADC-UNICEF. Durante la jornada se entregaron ejemplares de la misma

La conferencia será emitida en los próximos días a través del Canal Online del Centro de Capacitación “Justicia de Todos”

 

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Sonoma County, like many communities around the country, is putting together policy for the use of law enforcement body cameras in order to enhance accountability in law enforcement contacts with the public. In his initial interim policy, our Sheriff has arbitrarily decided to withhold this protection from victims of violence against women. In this 6 page position paper we lay out our reasons for disagreeing strongly with this denial of equal protection 

SEE POSITION PAPER HERE

SEE ALSO:

Experience of Criminal Justice System Abuses by Gender, Info-graphic

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In the past few years, campus sexual assault has dominated headlines from The New York Timesto USA TodayRolling Stone to The Nation. Just last month, the White House released the It’s On Us anti-sexual assault campaign. All throughout, student activists have invoked the promise of Title IX to demand that their universities support sexual assault survivors and keep campuses safe, equitable, and just for all.

In all the buzz, though, there’s been little attention paid to other pervasive forms of gender-based violence also protected against under Title IX — including campus dating (or domestic) violence. ICYMI it’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so it seems as good a time as any to talk about what we’re not talking about, and to work to ensure that the conversation lasts beyond October 31st. 

In their Title IX coverage, most media outlets have reported on dating violence poorly or not at all, either choosing to focus on brutal, sensationalized intimate partner homicides (and almost always those of straight white women), or erasing relationship abuse from campus dating violence survivors’ stories altogether (repackaging it as an isolated “attack,” just one prolonged “rape”). The White House refused to include dating violence in the rollout of the It’s On Us campaign, claiming that it would prohibitively “complicate” the issue. Prominent anti-rape survivors and activists have not infrequently suggested to me that dating violence simply isn’t as serious as gang rape and sexual assault.

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Las azotan si no ocultan sus tobillos, si lavan la ropa en ríos, si se asoman a los balcones. Y eso no es todo 

Basado en información de la Asociación Revolucionaria de las Mujeres de Afganistán (RAWA), el diario español "ABC" elaboró una lista de 29 prohibiciones que los talibanes imponen a las mujeres afganas. 

Ello en aplicación estricta y radical a la Sharía, o ley islámica. "Con este listado de violaciones de los derechos humanos más básicos, los talibanes aseguran que solo quieren crear ambientes seguros, donde la castidad y dignidad de las mujeres sean por fin sacrosantas, tal y como recogen las creencias pashtunes sobre la vida en purdah (práctica para ocultar la vida femenina en público). Es decir, la creación de un estado sacralizado alrededor de las mujeres supone, para ellos, odiarlas, tratarlas como animales y someterlas durante toda la vida", señala "ABC".

Esta es la lista de las 29 prohibiciones:

1- Completa prohibición del trabajo femenino fuera de sus hogares, que igualmente se aplica a profesoras, inginieras y demás profesionales. Solo unas pocas doctoras y enfermeras tienen permitido trabajar en algunos hospitales en Kabul.

2- Completa prohibición de cualquier tipo de actividad de las mujeres fuera de casa a no ser que sea acompañadas de su mahram (parentesco cercano masculino como padre, hermano o marido).

3- Prohibición a las mujeres de cerrar tratos con comerciantes masculinos.

4-Prohibición a las mujeres de ser tratadas por doctores masculinos.

5- Prohibición a las mujeres de estudiar en escuelas, universidades o cualquier otra institución educativa (los talibán han convertido las escuelas para chicas en seminarios religiosos).

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Basta! is a project that begun in Santiago, Chile by Ediciones Asterión a few years ago. A group of women writers wanted to use the power of words to try and stop violence against their gender in Chile, or at the very least, bring more awareness to it. Over time, the project has grown to other countries and continents and now, it has come to the U.S. We are currently working on the U.S. anthology and we want to invite you to participate.

Send us 3 short stories (minifiction) of no more than 150 words each on the topic of violence again women (English or Spanish) and a short bio. We are reaching out to Latinas in the U.S. to contribute to our anthology and we would like you to be one of the women highlighted in this book.

Each contributor will received 2 copies of the book in appreciation for their participation in the anthology.


The book will be published by the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, in Fall of 2014.

For more information, please contact Dr. Emma Sepulveda at emmas@unr.edu or Iris West at iwest@unr.edu

Deadline for submission is October 31, 2014.

 

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If you are involved in a family law case involving children and there has been domestic violence, here is important information about a law that affects you. It's a very good, easy to understand, two page summary of current California Family Court law and court policies on the question of domestic violence and custody.

SEE PDF HERE

SEE ALSO HOW AND WHY IT GOES WRONG, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT: 

Abusers Getting Custody Here

Beware Family Court: What Victims and Advocates Should Know

California Protective Parents Association

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Two alleged victims of underage sex trafficking in Massachusetts filed a lawsuit Thursday against Backpage.com, accusing the company of assisting in the abuse that occurred approximately 2,000 times by allowing pimps to advertise sex with minors on its website.

The civil complaint, filed in federal court in Boston, asserts that the purported victims, identified in court papers as Jane Doe No. 1, now 17, and Jane Doe No. 2, now 20, were sold for sex in Massachusetts and Rhode Island more than 1,900 times combined when they were from 15 to 17 years of age.

 

Their attorneys at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray wrote in the complaint that the illegal services were advertised in the escorts section of Backpage.com, which the plaintiffs allege “took various steps to sustain the impression” that the site is “a safe and effective vehicle for transactions involving young girls and boys.”

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Two women narrate their ordeals. “You will hear of a wife murdered before you hear another one come forward.”

Whenever Dewan Smith-Williams sees Janay Rice on television, she feels like she’s looking into a mirror. Smith-Williams, 44, remembers the denial, the secrecy, the sense of isolation, the shame. But most of all, she remembers the fear of ruining her husband’s career as a National Football League player — the feeling that coming forth, or seeking justice, would destroy her four children’s financial security. She understands that struggle not only because she, too, was a domestic-violence victim, but because she watched so many other NFL wives, many of them her friends, go through the same nightmare. For each of them, it began with their husbands’ attacks and worsened with a culture that, they felt, compelled silence.

“We’ve told agents about it, called the NFL Players Association when things were really, really bad,” Smith-Williams recalls. “They would say, ‘Oh, we’re really sorry that you are going through this. We’ll look into it.’ But you never heard back. There’s no one available for the wives.”

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II Seminario Internacional de Violencia contra las Mujeres: Feminicidio

La violencia machista es la principal causa de muerte entre mujeres de 15 y 44 años en todo el mundo

Madrid, 16 oct. 14. AmecoPress. Con la sala llena de gente –sobre todo mujeres- comenzaba el II Seminario Internacional de Violencia contra las Mujeres: Feminicidio, convocado por Alianza por la Solidaridad junto a otras organizaciones internacionales para debatir sobre los avances y retos en América Latina y Europa para conseguir que las mujeres disfruten el derecho a una vida libre de violencia.

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Para las niñas que viven en las regiones tribales del norte de Pakistán, la lucha por la educación comenzó mucho antes del día en que miembros del radical movimiento Talibán balearon en la cabeza a una estudiante de 15 años de edad, y sin duda continuará por mucho tiempo. 

No obstante, la noticia de que a esa joven, Malala Yousafzai, quien hasta el incidente residía en el valle de Swat, en la norteña provincia de Jyber Pajtunjwa, le fue concedido el premio Nobel de la Paz el 10 de este mes, recargó las energías a quienes luchan contra la férrea oposición de los talibanes hacia la educación de las niñas.

"Le pedimos a Malala que gaste fondos para promover la educación en las FATA": Yasmeen Bibi.

 

Habitantes de esta región dijeron a IPS que cuando Malala sobrevivió al atentado contra su vida el 9 de octubre de 2012, la joven se convirtió en un ícono de la situación de terror que se apoderó de la existencia cotidiana en esta zona.

 

Al concederle  el premio de la paz más prestigioso del mundo, compartido con el indio Kailash Satyarthi, el Comité Nobel envió un firme mensaje a todas las personas que permanecen atrapadas en zonas donde la educación está subordinada a los peligros de un conflicto armado, según los expertos.

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MOVING WOMEN FORWARD. It’s what we do. It’s what we believe in. We’ve dedicated our entire 40th year to talking about and pushing this concept – what must we do to advance the economic and educational opportunities of women and girls?

To see where we must go, we often have to sit down and look at where we’ve been. Fifty years ago, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act. In the Act was an important provision – Title VII, which prohibits discrimination based on gender and sex. How has this law worked? What impact has it had on women of color, poor women, and single mothers? We know Title VII hasn’t enabled us to close the gender wage gap, for example. But we know too that Title VII has paved the way for important advances against sexism at work and in school.

Our new report, “Moving Women Forward: On the 50th Anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act,” shines a light on this important player in women’s history. Despite the bright spots in the law made since Title VII’s passage, we find that there are still three persistent barriers to women’s economic security: sexual harassment and violence, pay discrimination, and pregnancy discrimination. The first installment of this three series report focuses on sexual harassment and is out now. It includes specific recommendations for how advocates, government agencies, and employers can all lift up the economic opportunities of women.

It also includes never-before read client stories, including Luisa’s:

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On the worst night of her life, Nicole Beverly was beaten almost unconscious by her husband and then forced to sit beside him as he loaded and unloaded his gun, threatening to kill her. “I was sure I was going to die,” she told The Huffington Post.

Paralyzed with fear, it took her five months to tell anyone about the abuse and seek help. One crisp Michigan morning she did, filing a restraining order and fleeing with her two children. But after Beverly was granted the order, she was horrified to find out that the gun her husband had used to terrorize her remained in his possession.

Under the 1996 Lautenberg amendment to the Federal Gun Control Act, people who are subject to permanent domestic violence restraining orders can’t own or buy guns. (The law generally doesn’t apply to dating partners or temporary restraining orders, although there are legislative efforts underway to change that.)

But Michigan -- like most states -- doesn’t have a law requiring people with domestic violence restraining orders to actually surrender their firearms to authorities. Without a mandatory state process in place to remove his guns, Beverly's husband was left armed and dangerous.

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Revenge can masquerade as justice, but it frequently ends up perverting it.

EXCERPT: “Do not seek revenge and call it justice.” —Cassandra Clare

“It is essential that justice be done; it is equally vital that justice not be confused with revenge, for the two are wholly different.” ―Oscar Arias

1. Revenge is predominantly emotional; justice primarily rational.Revenge is mostly about “acting out” (typically through violence) markedly negative emotions. At its worst, it expresses a hot, overwhelming desire for bloodshed. As perverse as it may seem, there’s actual pleasureexperienced in causing others to suffer for the hurt they’ve caused the avenger, or self-perceived victim (cf. the less personal Schadenfreude).

Justice—as logically, legally, and ethically defined—isn’t really about “getting even” or experiencing a spiteful joy in retaliation. Instead, it’s about righting a wrong that most members of society (as opposed to simply the alleged victim) would agree is morally culpable. And the presumably unbiased (i.e., unemotional) moral rightness of such justice is based on cultural or community standards of fairness and equity. Whereas revenge has a certain selfish quality to it, “cool” justice is selfless in that it relies on non-self-interested, established law. At least obliquely, the two quotes below are suggestive:

“But men often mistake killing and revenge for justice. They seldom have the stomach for justice.” ―Robert Jordan

“Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.” —Pope John Paul II

2. Revenge is, by nature, personal; justice is impersonal, impartial, and both a social and legal phenomenon. The driving impetus behind revenge is to get even, to carry out a private vendetta, or to achieve what, subjectively, might be described as personal justice. If successful, the party perceiving itself as gravely injured (though others might not necessarily agree) experiences considerable gratification: their retaliatory goal has been achieved—the other side vanquished, or brought to its knees. Just or not, the avenger feels justified. Their quest for revenge has “re-empowered” them and, from their biased viewpoint, it’s something they’re fully entitled to.

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75% of Ebola deaths are women. They are the caregivers.

The deadliest Ebola outbreak on record is sweeping West Africa, with over 3,400 lives claimed already. The disease is spreading faster than ever before, with the World Health Organization estimating that 20,000 additional cases will be reported by November. And women are being affected most severely; in fact, 75 percent of those who have died from Ebola are women.

"Women have been affected in so many, many ways. Even though the disease of course affects both men and women, women are at a disadvantage -- period," says Marpue Speare, Executive Director of Women NGOs Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL). "Women are on the front lines. They are the caregivers."

Global Fund for Women is acting quickly to provide crisis support to some of our long-standing grantee partners in Ebola-hit communities in Liberia, and through these groups, we learn how women are being disproportionately affected by the outbreak.

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Preventing Sexual Violence on College Campuses: Lessons From Research and Practice

Author: Sarah DeGue ; Dawn Fowler ; Allison Randall
Corporate Author: Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
United States of America
  
Format: 

 Document (Online) FULL PDF FREE ONLINE HERE

 

Document URL: PDF   FULL PDF FREE ONLINE HERE
Publication Date: May 2014
Pages: 39
  
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Based on lessons learned from research and practice, this three-part presentation identifies proven strategies for preventing sexual violence on college campuses.

 

Abstract: 

Part One discusses evidence-based strategies for the primary prevention of sexual violence. Tables list specific colleges with accompanying descriptions of their program for preventing sexual violence.

Only two programs have rigorous evidence of effectiveness for preventing sexual violence.

Both were used with middle/high school students, but may provide useful models for the development of college-level prevention strategies.

Other strategies that hold promise are building relationship skills, organizational policies or practices that improve safety, addressing social norms and behavior with messages from trusted people, and training students to intervene as bystanders. Part Two reviews prevention activities implemented by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through its rape prevention and education program. Just over 125 college and university campuses across the United States have affiliations with this program in order to facilitate the implementation of sexual violence prevention strategies and activities. Part Three describes campus prevention activities funded by the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Violence Against Women.

 

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The human rights sections of theInternational Studies Association, theAmerican Political Science Association, the European Consortium for Political Research, and the International Political Science Association are pleased to announce the fourth joint international conference on human rights, on the theme “Human Rights and Justice,” to take place 8 – 10 June 2015 at The Hague Institute for Global Justice. The conference will take place immediately before the annual meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (11 – 13 June), also in The Hague.

This joint conference will ask researchers and policymakers from academia, think tanks, IOs and NGOs to deal with various aspects of justice and human rights. Papers should highlight how and to what extent human rights in all aspects and levels of governance, law and decision making allow or deny access to justice. This may include questions regarding whether and to what extent the international human rights regime can address adequately the challenges of human rights implementation and justice, as well as how regional, national, and local mechanisms may address human rights challenges. Paper and panel proposals that also address the issues such as climate justice, transitional justice or cyber justice as well as access to justice and global distributive justice are welcome. Some of the questions to be addressed at the conference include:

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The Police Department could adopt new rules tonight governing how officers deal with cases concerning domestic violence and children -- specifically when to call the Family & Children Services division.

Several activist groups involved in the process commend the department for taking big strides in handling domestic violence inside and outside the force, but they worry that blunt efforts to protect children by alerting the division, also known as Child Welfare, too often could have a chilling effect on already-reluctant victims of domestic violence. In some communities, activists say, any interaction with child welfare workers raises fears of having children taken away.

The new rules, known as general orders, act as a standing order to officers and define how they must operate when responding to domestic violence calls. According to a draft of the rules, police are to call Child Welfare if one of seven criteria is met.

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EXCERPT: 
Though national focus is often on the racially biased ways boys of color are treated, girls of color face many of the same risks from the cradle through adulthood which impact their life chances for success. Like boys, girls of color who enter the juvenile justice, child welfare, education, and other systems often arrive traumatized and experience more trauma from the way they are treated inside systems.

recent report by the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc. and the National Women's Law Center, Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity, details the barriers to educational success for these girls: stereotyping and perception; under-resourced schools; unequal access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities; overly punitive school discipline practices; the challenges of early pregnancy and parenting; and discrimination from school personnel. It also highlights sexual harassment, violence, and trauma and their harmful impact.

The level of gender-based violence girls experience and the way supposed "child-serving" systems treat girls of color compounds the harms they face. Systems often fail to see them as trauma survivors -- treating them instead as complicit in their victimhood, threatening, or unable to be rehabilitated. The story of mass incarceration and racial inequality is incomplete without understanding and acknowledging gender-based violence and the gender-specific burdens girls of color face as they attempt to survive these systems and succeed.

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OSLO, Norway — Taliban attack survivor Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel winner ever as she and Kailash Satyarthi of India won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives.

By honoring a 17-year-old Muslim girl from Pakistan and a 60-year-old Hindu man from India, the Norwegian Nobel Committee linked the peace award to conflicts between world religions and neighboring nuclear powers as well as drawing attention to children's rights.

"Child slavery is a crime against humanity. Humanity itself is at stake here. A lot of work still remains but I will see the end of child labor in my lifetime," Satyarthi told The Associated Press at his office in New Delhi.

Since 1980, Satyarthi has been at the forefront of a global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labor, which he called a "blot on humanity."

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How internet abuse works: she displeases him and he tries to punish her. He posts doctored photos of her to the web. In one, a noose is near her head. In another, her children appear to be performing sex acts. He emails graphic threats about violating her with a chainsaw. He sneers that she is too fat to be loved, and then — missing the irony — calls her a slut. He distributes her Social Security number online. He posts lies about a prostitution bust. Posing as her, he solicits sex in online ads and includes her home address so men knock on her door at all hours. Maybe he’s anonymous but often he doesn’t bother hiding his identity. Why worry? He knows that in his corner of the web, women who complain about harassment are the enemy.

Kathy Sierra complained. She was one of those who called for help.

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Por Olga Villalta, periodista feminista 
Sala de Redacción (Guatemala), 
 
A pesar de los esfuerzos que realizan organizaciones de la sociedad civil que 
trabajan en la atención y defensa de los derechos de la niñez, nos enfrentamos a 
funcionarios que siempre manifiestan miedo a que la niñez y las/os adolescentes 
crezcan en su autonomía personal. 
 
No me explico por qué si desde el gobierno anterior quedaron impresos manuales de 
educación sexual para utilizar en las escuelas la ministra de Educación no autoriza que sean 
distribuidos. La educación integral en sexualidad ayudaría a las niñas a entender dónde termina 
el afecto del adulto y dónde comienza el abuso. 
 
De manera contradictoria, nuestro marco jurídico permite que una niña asuma la maternidad y casarse 
(con autorización de sus padres) a los 14 años, pero no se le permite ser ciudadana sino hasta los 18 años.
Asumir la maternidad y paternidad por parte de las personas debería estar sujeta a que estas cuenten 
con las habilidades y capacidades necesarias para cumplir con esta función. No me refiero a prohibir 
el ejercicio de la sexualidad y el derecho a reproducirnos como especie, sino a que la sociedad en su 
conjunto tiene la responsabilidad de dotar a la niñez y adolescencia de las herramientas informativas, 
emocionales y científicas que les permitan prepararse para el ejercicio de la sexualidad de forma 
placentera, enriquecedora y responsable. 
 

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Informe de Amnistía Internacional: Al borde de la muerte: Violencia contra las mujeres y prohibición del aborto en El Salvador

 

Tiene como consecuencia la muerte de cientos de mujeres y niñas

Madrid, 08 oct. 14. AmecoPress.- El reciente informe de Amnistía Internacional titulado Al borde de la muerte: Violencia contra las mujeres y prohibición del aborto en El Salvador, describe cómo la restrictiva ley del país tiene como consecuencia la muerte de cientos de mujeres y niñas que se someten a abortos clandestinos. La criminalización de esta práctica también ha provocado que aquéllas de quienes se sospecha que se han sometido a un aborto se enfrenten a largas penas de cárcel.

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Nueva ciberacción a favor de los derechos sexuales y reproductivos de mujeres y niñas

La represiva y desfasada prohibición total del aborto por parte del gobierno destroza las vidas de mujeres y niñas en El Salvador, empujándolas a abortos inseguros y clandestinos u obligándolas a llevar a término peligrosos embarazos, ha declarado hoy Amnistía Internacional. Las que ponen fin a sus embarazos, además, se arriesgan a pasar años en la cárcel.

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The first time I was ever sexually harassed on the job, it was while waiting tables. The second, third, fourth, and fifth times I was sexually harassed on the job, it was while waiting tables. The first time, I reported it to my boss, but it happened so often that I stopped telling her about it. I learned to just grit my teeth and bring the assholes their beer.

Of all the sexual harassment claims that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission receives every year, fully 37 percent of them come from one place: the restaurant industry. That makes the restaurant industry the largest source of sexual harassment claims to the EEOC in the nation – and that’s before you account for the fact that sexual harassment is underreported. 

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This manual is intended for use by rape crisis advocates and other victim service providers who work with survivors of sexual abuse in detention. This manual addresses the concerns that advocates have for working in prisons and jails and offers advice for helping survivors who are still incarcerated. 

The concerns addressed in this report include ensuring advocates’ safety while working in the facility; providing services to people who may seem dangerous or who may have committed sex crimes; adapting interventions and advocacy strategies for the corrections environment; working with unfamiliar populations, including people who have not traditionally sought help from rape crisis centers; and expanding services with no new staff or funding.

The manual begins with an overview of the problem, describing those individuals most at risk for sexual abuse while in custody. The following sections of the manual cover The Importance of Advocates, Overcoming Barriers to Providing Services Behind Bars, Guiding Principles to Serving Survivors in Custody, Hospital Accompaniment for Survivors, Hotline Services for Inmates, Prisoner Correspondence, and In-Person Services in Detention Settings. Notes

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