NSVRC NSVRC provides research and tools to advocates working on the frontlines to end sexual harassment, assault, and abuse with the understanding that ending sexual violence also means ending racism, sexism, and all forms of oppression.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), based in the U.S., provides information and resources about sexual violence and sexual assault to individuals and organizations around the world. If you have a specific question about sexual violence, you can call or email the NSVRC at 1-877-739-3895 or [email protected].

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Healing isn't linear. It's normal to struggle, to feel triggered, and to need extra support at times.
01/10/2022

Healing isn't linear. It's normal to struggle, to feel triggered, and to need extra support at times.

Healing isn't linear. It's normal to struggle, to feel triggered, and to need extra support at times.

Check out this guide focusing on common s*xual concerns that can stand in your way of pleasure.
01/09/2022
A Guide to S*xual Concerns and Pleasure

Check out this guide focusing on common s*xual concerns that can stand in your way of pleasure.

For people of all ages, s*xual concerns or difficulties are very common. Learn about the many causes, solutions, and practical steps you can take to improve your s*x life.

Learn how medical anxiety, re-traumatizing conditions of sheltering, and historical trauma can compound a survivor’s str...
01/08/2022

Learn how medical anxiety, re-traumatizing conditions of sheltering, and historical trauma can compound a survivor’s stresses during a disaster: https://nsvrc.co/DisastersGuide

Learn how medical anxiety, re-traumatizing conditions of sheltering, and historical trauma can compound a survivor’s stresses during a disaster: https://nsvrc.co/DisastersGuide

Humans are diverse and so are their experiences. There is no one single way to experience, respond, or heal correctly. h...
01/07/2022

Humans are diverse and so are their experiences. There is no one single way to experience, respond, or heal correctly. https://buff.ly/3DLI1nS

Humans are diverse and so are their experiences. There is no one single way to experience, respond, or heal correctly. https://buff.ly/3DLI1nS

Abusive relationships are extremely complex situations and it takes a lot of courage to leave.
01/06/2022
Why People Stay

Abusive relationships are extremely complex situations and it takes a lot of courage to leave.

Why people stay in an abusive relationship: Survivors may feel staying is safer than leaving these extremely complex situations.

Certain physical activities do something weird to your brain - you start treating yourself with more compassion. It does...
01/04/2022
Trauma, trust and triumph: psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk on how to recover from our deepest pain

Certain physical activities do something weird to your brain - you start treating yourself with more compassion. It doesn’t make sense until you read Van der Kolk. After that, nothing has ever made more sense.

His 2014 book, The Body Keeps the Score, has become a huge pandemic hit, topping bestseller lists this summer and becoming a meme on social media. What does it tell us about the world we live in?

A new study  found that gender-affirming hormone therapy is significantly linked to lower rates of depression, suicidal ...
01/03/2022
Study: Hormone Therapy Connected to Lower Su***de Risk in Trans Youth

A new study found that gender-affirming hormone therapy is significantly linked to lower rates of depression, suicidal thoughts, and su***de attempts among transgender and nonbinary youth.

The research was conducted by the Trevor Project and published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Adolescent Health.

Just knowing how trauma acts in our brains can help the entire process feel less scary. https://buff.ly/3pEyc7N
01/03/2022

Just knowing how trauma acts in our brains can help the entire process feel less scary. https://buff.ly/3pEyc7N

Just knowing how trauma acts in our brains can help the entire process feel less scary. https://buff.ly/3pEyc7N

Check out this resource for students who have experienced s*xual assault, s*xual harassment, or dating violence while en...
01/01/2022
Student Survivor Toolkit - Equal Rights Advocates

Check out this resource for students who have experienced s*xual assault, s*xual harassment, or dating violence while enrolled at a college or university.

This resource was created and distributed by Equal Rights Advocates. Please credit us if you share, quote from, or refer…

If you're in need of support, your local s*xual assault resource center can provide help — no matter when the assault ha...
12/31/2021

If you're in need of support, your local s*xual assault resource center can provide help — no matter when the assault happened. Find a center near you: https://buff.ly/2ZPflt2

If you're in need of support, your local s*xual assault resource center can provide help — no matter when the assault happened. Find a center near you: https://buff.ly/2ZPflt2

Incorrect common beliefs and gender norms point to men as the only s*xual threat - but research on female perpetrators a...
12/31/2021
Ghislaine Maxwell Isn’t an Outlier

Incorrect common beliefs and gender norms point to men as the only s*xual threat - but research on female perpetrators and high profile cases has forced the public to rethink our ideas about s*xual abuse.

Her trial is revelatory about women who commit s*xual assault.

Types of s*xual violence that increase during a disaster include:- Intimate partner violence- Child s*xual abuse- Workpl...
12/30/2021

Types of s*xual violence that increase during a disaster include:
- Intimate partner violence
- Child s*xual abuse
- Workplace harassment
- S*x trafficking
- And more
Learn about the full spectrum of violence here: https://nsvrc.co/DisastersGuide

Types of s*xual violence that increase during a disaster include:
- Intimate partner violence
- Child s*xual abuse
- Workplace harassment
- S*x trafficking
- And more
Learn about the full spectrum of violence here: https://nsvrc.co/DisastersGuide

The pandemic created new barriers for s*xual violence service providers — but thanks to creativity, innovation, and resi...
12/29/2021
How Local Services and Support Looked Different During COVID-19

The pandemic created new barriers for s*xual violence service providers — but thanks to creativity, innovation, and resilience, local centers were able to adapt. We spoke with Avalon Healing Center about how they continued meeting survivors’ needs during this time.

Avalon Healing Center is on a mission to provide free, professional services to survivors of s*xual assault 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Even under pre-pandemic conditions, this is a mighty task. We sat down with Kimberly Hurst, founder and CEO of Avalon Healing to understand how the pandemic....

Trauma isn't one specific thing; it can be layered, complex, or even repressed so that we are unaware of it. https://buf...
12/28/2021

Trauma isn't one specific thing; it can be layered, complex, or even repressed so that we are unaware of it. https://buff.ly/3E5lNxM

Trauma isn't one specific thing; it can be layered, complex, or even repressed so that we are unaware of it. https://buff.ly/3E5lNxM

The holidays can be a difficult and triggering time for survivors. Understanding trauma helps to normalize the wide rang...
12/24/2021

The holidays can be a difficult and triggering time for survivors. Understanding trauma helps to normalize the wide range of reactions and struggles survivors may be facing. https://buff.ly/3pEyc7N

The holidays can be a difficult and triggering time for survivors. Understanding trauma helps to normalize the wide range of reactions and struggles survivors may be facing. https://buff.ly/3pEyc7N

Being placed in foster care is already a difficult and often confusing experience for a child — and the pandemic only co...
12/23/2021
The Pandemic’s Impact on Child S*xual Abuse Survivors in Foster Care

Being placed in foster care is already a difficult and often confusing experience for a child — and the pandemic only complicated those feelings. Voices for Children explains COVID’s impact on child s*xual abuse survivors in foster care.

Jordyn’s Story In September 2019, the San Diego county child abuse hotline received a call about Jordyn*, a six-year-old girl who was being s*xually abused by her father. An investigation confirmed the heartbreaking allegations, and Jordyn was taken from the only home she’d ever known to an emer...

The advice that many survivors receive is to delete themselves from the internet — but an online presence can be an impo...
12/23/2021
Should abuse survivors have to disappear from the internet?

The advice that many survivors receive is to delete themselves from the internet — but an online presence can be an important part of a survivor's healing.

"It’s easy to think you need to disappear, but you don’t need to."

During the height of the pandemic, service providers had to quickly adapt to help survivors — and for many local centers...
12/21/2021
How Local Service Providers Made Sure Survivors Could Access Resources During the Pandemic

During the height of the pandemic, service providers had to quickly adapt to help survivors — and for many local centers, technology was a key part of continuing to reach survivors.

I wrote this blog 18 months after the SARS-CoV2 virus landed with an American passenger in Washington state. In March 2020, the virus was declared a pandemic, and the world went into quarantine. For some people, this was a welcome respite from their daily commute and a chance to spend more time with...

Reminder: It's OK to set boundaries and choose who you spend time with during the holiday season.
12/21/2021

Reminder: It's OK to set boundaries and choose who you spend time with during the holiday season.

Reminder: It's OK to set boundaries and choose who you spend time with during the holiday season.

The risk factors and inequities that contribute to s*xual violence are not inevitable. We can advance equity, strengthen...
12/20/2021

The risk factors and inequities that contribute to s*xual violence are not inevitable. We can advance equity, strengthen systems, and implement policies to build safer communities. Our new resource addresses opportunities for prevention: https://nsvrc.co/DisastersGuide

The risk factors and inequities that contribute to s*xual violence are not inevitable. We can advance equity, strengthen systems, and implement policies to build safer communities. Our new resource addresses opportunities for prevention: https://nsvrc.co/DisastersGuide

Although difficult to define because of its diversity, in essence trauma is the opposite of safety.... As such, traumati...
12/19/2021

Although difficult to define because of its diversity, in essence trauma is the opposite of safety.... As such, traumatic episodes, experiences, or eras of our life are ones in which we didn’t feel safe; be it physically, emotionally, or mentally.

Although difficult to define because of its diversity, in essence trauma is the opposite of safety.... As such, traumatic episodes, experiences, or eras of our life are ones in which we didn’t feel safe; be it physically, emotionally, or mentally.

For many of us, the ongoing pandemic has caused or exacerbated mental health struggles. Survivor Sara Mishina Kunz share...
12/18/2021
Five Lessons From a R**e Survivor on Finding Peace Through the Pandemic

For many of us, the ongoing pandemic has caused or exacerbated mental health struggles. Survivor Sara Mishina Kunz shares five resiliency tips she’s learned throughout her healing journey.

The last year and half has shown me just how many skills I’ve developed since experiencing trauma. For many of my friends and family, I’m the person to go to when sh*t hits the fan. “Hey you used to be a mess, maybe you can help?” Needless to say, I’ve gotten a lot of phone calls since Apr...

From apps to online dating websites, there are many ways people are connecting online. Although you aren’t talking face-...
12/16/2021
Digital Consent, Boundaries, and Everyday Consent Online

From apps to online dating websites, there are many ways people are connecting online. Although you aren’t talking face-to-face with someone, consent still needs to be communicated along the way.

Creating a pathway for respectful online spaces with consent From apps to online dating websites, there are many ways people are connecting online. Although you aren’t talking face-to-face with someone, consent still needs to be communicated along the way. You should always consider how your actio...

Understanding the nature of human trafficking and how people become vulnerable is imperative to combatting the issue. NC...
12/15/2021
Homelessness and Human Trafficking: COVID-19 Creates More a Vulnerable Population

Understanding the nature of human trafficking and how people become vulnerable is imperative to combatting the issue. NC Stop Human Trafficking shares the impact of COVID-19 on human trafficking.

Human trafficking, at its most basic level, is the exploitation of a person’s vulnerability to gain something of value. When we look at marginalized communities, vulnerabilities increase exponentially.

We’ve seen it many times — in the wake of a disaster, s*xual violence rates increase. This is because trauma and stress,...
12/14/2021

We’ve seen it many times — in the wake of a disaster, s*xual violence rates increase. This is because trauma and stress, vulnerability, and a lack of system response are exacerbated during disasters. Learn more in our new guide: https://nsvrc.co/DisastersGuide

We’ve seen it many times — in the wake of a disaster, s*xual violence rates increase. This is because trauma and stress, vulnerability, and a lack of system response are exacerbated during disasters. Learn more in our new guide: https://nsvrc.co/DisastersGuide

Xenophobia and anti-Asian harassment have been on the rise since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. We spoke with Ba...
12/13/2021
There Is Still a Need for Recognition: S*xual Violence, COVID-19, and the Asian & Pacific Islander Community

Xenophobia and anti-Asian harassment have been on the rise since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. We spoke with Baonam Giang of National Organization of Asian Pacific Islander Ending S*xual Violence to learn more about how Asian & Pacific Islander communities been uniquely impacted by this crisis.

Xenophobia and anti-Asian sentiment are not new; however, they have been on the rise since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 saw an explosion of #MeToo conversations in the brewing and hospitality industries. Learn how movements are forming...
12/10/2021
Employee Safety Should Be Top of Mind: #MeToo in the Brewing Industry

2021 saw an explosion of #MeToo conversations in the brewing and hospitality industries. Learn how movements are forming to create safe, harassment-free environments in the beer industry.

2021 saw an explosion of #MeToo conversations in the brewing and hospitality industry. The Instagram testimonials of one user, Ratmagnet, fueled many survivors to come forward and tell their stories.

“Social media can be a platform to speak out, but also to be silenced.” Hear from Dr. Erin Pritchard about the importanc...
12/09/2021
Whispers on Social Media: Online S*xual Harassment in Spaces for People with Dwarfism

“Social media can be a platform to speak out, but also to be silenced.” Hear from Dr. Erin Pritchard about the importance of safe online communities for people with disabilities.

Lockdown, as a result of the global pandemic, has not changed much for me, except to make me reflect on my own behaviours. Non-disabled people protesting about lockdown restrictions, do not know how privileged they are. After lockdown they can go back to normal, but this is my normal. For a long tim...

For nearly two years, we've been paying close attention to how #COVID19 has impacted survivors, advocates, and communiti...
12/08/2021
2021 in Review: A Guest Blog Series on Resilience Amidst COVID-19

For nearly two years, we've been paying close attention to how #COVID19 has impacted survivors, advocates, and communities. Our latest blog series uplifts the voices of our partners and examines the continued impact of the pandemic on efforts to prevent s*xual violence.

The past two years have been a period of rapid change. Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, NSVRC has been paying keen attention to the ways in which the pandemic has impacted not only survivors, but also service providers, advocates, activists, and communities at large. In remaining loyal to the...

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Join the FREE LIVE webinar - 16 Days of Activism . https://www.quicket.co.za/events/123128-16-days-of-activism-be-brave-webinar/?fbclid=IwAR2mI8ZBA2QEdmS46bvKQ8eQoYXdZbPs3rYdyr8ZiBh8SksiiC96fVEDXO8#/ . Do you want to eradicate s*xual violence or any gender-based violence? Do you want to fight masculine toxicity? Do you want to be BRAVE? Join the dialogue! . What is 16 Days of Activism? The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign (16 Days Campaign) is a United Nations campaign which takes place annually from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). Other key commemorative days during this period include World Aids Day on the 1st December and the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, on 3 December of every year. . Three dates and times to choose from: 26 November 7:30 pm South African time (GMT+2) 2 December 3 pm South African time (GMT+2) 8 December 9 am South African time (GMT+2) . Lois Wagner found freedom after a brutal attack and r**e. Join her to discuss how we can prevent this horror from happening to you or your loved ones. https://www.quicket.co.za/events/123128-16-days-of-activism-be-brave-webinar/?fbclid=IwAR2mI8ZBA2QEdmS46bvKQ8eQoYXdZbPs3rYdyr8ZiBh8SksiiC96fVEDXO8#/
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NSVRC are fake allies to male survivors. One in four men will be the victims of at least one unwanted s*xual experience across their lifespans. Groups such as the National S*xual Violence Resource Center who trumpet the utterly bogus "1 in 71 men are r**ed" statistic are NOT interested in listening to or supporting male survivors. That stat is cherrypicked to make it appear as though male s*xual assault/abuse isn't really a problem in the United States, and is another way these groups try to pit male and female survivors against each other. It's purely political. It's time to stop the pointless bias against male survivors of s*xual abuse and to put fake allies on notice.
I'm so proud to share my story as a survivor. https://youtu.be/EqVmHWwSpYQ
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Hello, I am a doctoral student conducting a research study on help-seeking behaviors after experiencing s*xual assault. If you are 18 years or older and had an unwanted s*xual experience, please consider taking part in my confidential online survey. You can access the survey in the following link: https://und.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3mxQbbcqgDohdHf Results from this survey will assist researchers in understanding what services may be most helpful for survivors. The survey will take about 20-30 minutes to complete. Please contact me with any questions about this opportunity.
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