WEBTREATS: Rape Prevention Resources

This list, prepared by the College Resource Center Librarians from other sources, is provided for information only.  Referral to these sites does not imply the endorsement of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities.  Further, the College does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites.  This list is not meant to be comprehensive; the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site.  Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning.  

Samples of Sites Primarily for Rape Victims and Women:

Arizona Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program 

Loveisrespect.org, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Break the Cycle, is an online resource to engage, educate and empower youth and young adults to prevent and end abusive relationships.

Men Can Stop Rape
The site provides a list of precautions to take at home, in the car, or outside.

National Dating Abuse Hotline
The National Dating Abuse Helpline, a national 24-hour resource specifically designed for teens and young adults, is the direct service provider behind loveisrespect.org, operating the 24/7 phone (866-331-9474), text and chat services. Trained peer advocates provide support, information and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships as well as concerned friends, parents, teachers, clergy, law enforcement and service providers.

Not Alone: Together Against Sexual Assault
This federal website provides information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools.

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)
The site offers advice to women and to men.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Alliance
The Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alliance is a group of professional and advocacy organizations that have joined forces to provide educational resources to individuals diagnosed with PTSD and their loved ones; those at risk for developing PTSD; and medical, healthcare and other frontline professionals.

RAINN. Rape Abuse & Incest National Network
The site offers access to counseling centers throughout the country.  Call 1-800-656-HOPE 24 hours a day.

Safe Horizon
Safe Horizon provides support, prevents violence, and promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families, and communities.  Although based in New York, Safe Horizon provides links to national and local resources.

Sidran Institute
The Sidran Institute is a non-profit organization devoted to helping people who have experienced traumatic life events.

Sites Primarily for Health Care Professionals:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 
The Violence Against Women section of the College website is a gateway to various College materials and resources on sexual assault.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Violence Prevention: Sexual Violence 
This CDC NCIPC Division site provides definitions, data, background information, prevention models, Internet links, and other resources on sexual violence.

CDC VetoViolence
The CDC provides health professionals with online violence education tools through this website.  The focus is on violence prevention. 

Understanding Evidence
Understanding Evidence, one of the online tools in the CDC VetoViolence website, offers knowledge and resources for using evidence in decision-making processes for violence prevention.

Maternal and Child Health Library Knowledge Path: Adolescent Violence Prevention
This path offers a selection of resources that measure, document, and monitor the problem; identify risk and protective factors; and report on promising intervention strategies. Separate sections identify resources on specific aspects of adolescent violence such as bullying, firearms, gangs, media violence, school violence, and violent-crime victimization.

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV)
NCDSV designs, provides, and customizes training and consultation, influences policy, promotes collaboration and enhances diversity with the goal of ending domestic and sexual violence.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Rape and Sexual Violence
NIJ, the research, development, and evaluation agency of the US Department of Justice, is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues.  NIJ information on rape and sexual violence is provided through this link.

NIJ Teen Dating Violence

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
The NSVRC, a national information and resource hub relating to all aspects of sexual violence, is a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and is funded through the CDC Division of Violence Prevention.

Sponsored by the California Coalition against Sexual Assault, PreventConnect is a national online project dedicated to the primary prevention of violence against women by facilitating information sharing among people who are engaged in such efforts.

U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
The OVW site provides a wealth of information on violence against women, primarily from a legal perspective, including a new edition of A National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations Adults/Adolescents, 2nd ed., April 2013. 

VAWnet: National Electronic Network on Violence Against Women
VAWnet is the online resource for advocates working to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violence in the lives of women and their children.

Please also refer to the WEBTREAT on Domestic Violence for related links.  
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