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Meaningfully Addressing Sexual Violence with S*T*O*P

The 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act included a statutory requirement that 20% of the STOP funding awarded to each state and territory…

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Understanding What the “Rape Kit Backlog” Really Means, Part 3: Approaches and Protocols

The Sexual Violence Justice Institute at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (SVJI@MNCASA) is a national resource for expertise in the criminal justice response to…

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Understanding Unsubmitted Kit Problems, Part 2: Approaches and Protocols

The Sexual Violence Justice Institute at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (SVJI@MNCASA) is a national resource for expertise in the criminal justice response to…

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Understanding what the “Rape Kit Backlog” Really Means Part 1: Language and Definitions

The Sexual Violence Justice Institute at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (SVJI@MNCASA) is a national resource for expertise in the criminal justice response to…

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Research Finds Most Sexual Assault Reports to be True: Uncovering myths and practices, influencing change

The Problem “False report” is a category or designation that is often misused by law enforcement on sexual assault cases. The overuse of this designation…

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Sexual Violence Fundamentals: Must-Haves for a Meaningful Response to Sexual Violence

When you are deciding what projects and programs to fund through STOP, remember to take a step back and evaluate whether you are meeting these…

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Sexual Violence Fundamentals: Sexual Violence and Reporting: By the Numbers

The numbers around sexual violence are inherently incomplete. One reason for this is that most official statistics are based on the number of police reports…

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Sexual Violence Fundamentals: Who is impacted by sexual violence?

Sexual violence affects everyone: All populations and all communities. No community is immune. Communities and populations that experience systemic oppression often experience higher rates of…

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Sexual Violence Fundamentals: What is Sexual Violence?

There is no single, all-encompassing definition of sexual violence. Sexual violence is discussed differently in different places, contexts, and communities. Therefore it is important to…

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Summary of A Ten-Factor Framework for Sexual Assault Response Team Effectiveness

Systems change sexual assault response teams (SARTs) are community-based multidisciplinary teams that work to create long-term improvements to the local response to sexual violence. SARTs…

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Using A Ten-Factor Framework for SART Effectiveness for STOP Grant Making Strategies

The Services * Training * Officers * Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women Formula Grant works to improve the legal response to violent crimes against women…

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Serving Survivors in Confinement: A Handbook for Minnesota Advocates

Victims/survivors in confinement are both highly vulnerable and profoundly underserved. In addition to the large number of victims/survivors who experienced sexual violence prior to their…