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NCJ Number: 121854 Find in a Library
Title: Survivor Booklet III: For Family Members, Advocates and Care-Providers
Author(s): N J Baladerian
Corporate Author: Peace Over Violence
United States of America
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: California Community Foundation
Los Angeles, CA 90054
Henry Bull Foundation
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Hoffman Foundation (The H. Leslie) and Elaine S. Hoffman
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Peace Over Violence
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This third booklet of a three-companion set for disabled sexual assault victims provides information to help the victim's family members, advocates, and care providers understand and render services to the victim.
Abstract: After defining terms in the California State Penal Code relevant to sexual assault, the booklet presents statistics on the frequency and reporting of the sexual assault of disabled persons. Victims' behavioral, emotional, and medical signs of sexual assault are listed to help family members and professionals identify that sexual abuse has occurred when the victim will not volunteer this fact. This is followed by an outline of the symptoms of rape trauma syndrome. Advice on responding to a victim's disclosure includes believing what the victim says, staying calm, not displaying anger at the perpetrator, listening, being sympathetic, and not making promises that cannot be kept. Detailed advice is offered for the first person told of the assault by a victim shortly after the assault has occurred. In discussing aspects of confidentiality, the book provides guidelines on who should be told and by whom. Additional information covers the reporting of assaults, police and hospital procedures, court proceedings, victim compensation, and feelings of victims and their supporters. Resource list, glossary.
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Persons with Disabilities; Sexual assault trauma; Victim services
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