Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities

Since the establishment of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in 2003 and the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC), the issue of sexual assault in correctional facilities (including prison, jail, juvenile detention, etc.) has been addressed with the goal in mind to reduce the rate of assaults, protect individuals at risk, and prevent it from happening in the first place. In our new Sexual Assault Second Edition, Volume 3, we have information that specifically tackles the issue of sexual assault in correctional facilities and suggests ways to promote safety, making reporting easier for victims.Read More »

#WhenIWas Sheds Light on Sexual Harassment of Youth

Thanks to Everyday Sexism, an online project dedicated to collecting real stories of sexism and sexual harassment, both women and men who have experienced sexual harassment or assault have been empowered to expose how early in life many people are faced with these issues.  Using the hashtag #WhenIWas, Twitter users are encouraged to share what age they were when they first encountered sexual harassment or assault.Read More »

Revenge Porn to be Outlawed in Louisiana

Sharing nude or suggestive photos with the public against the will of the subject is a topic that has been causing a lot of debate over the past few years.  With smartphones and texting, sending nude pictures to lovers and potential romance partners has become increasingly common, and it has been an unfortunate side effect of this phenomenon that these pictures are often leaked to the public in an attempt to shame the individual sending them or to inhibit their professional image.  This is commonly referred to as “revenge porn.”Read More »

Sexual Consent Education in Schools

We have written before about the importance of understanding what does and does not constitute consent.  Not only does misunderstanding about sexual consent make instances of sexual assault more likely to occur, but it actually heightens the psychological effects of sexual assault by creating a feeling of isolation for the victim.  When a victim is assaulted and does not understand that what has occurred qualifies as assault, they endure the same damaging psychological effects of the assault without the validation that they have a right to feel that way or the motivation to pursue legal action against the perpetrator.Read More »