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Research on Sexual Assault and Rape

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  • Websites - An index of topics relevant to rape survivors and selected sites explaining them.
  • Films - Films and audio (music) about sexual assault.
  • Bibliographies - Online bibliographies on sexual assault.
  • Grant research - Grant information for nonprofits.
  • Current events - Current events resources.



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Interesting topics - Victim Blame, Secondary Victimization, Self Blame, Rape Trauma Syndrome, Marital Rape, Acquaintance Rape, Male Victims of Sexual Assault, Gay/Lesbian Victims, Same Sex Sexual Assault, Elderly, Disabled, Child Sexual Abuse, Date Rape Drugs, Sexual Assault and the Law, Rape in Literature, Hate Crimes, Awareness Raising Events, The Vagina Monologues, History of Rape, Origins of Rape Crisis Centers, Sexual Assault of Minority Groups, Gang rape, Statutory Rape, Rape in Literature, Rape in Mass Media, Rape in Motion Pictures, Rape Mythology, Rape Press Coverage, Rape Psychological Aspects, Rape Trauma Syndrome Treatment, More rape crisis research subjects (Library of Congress subject headings).

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Search databases by subject for books: Amazon database, hard to find books at abebooks. You can then look them up in the library catalog or in Worldcat (a database).

Online Libraries on sexual assault

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Lesson Plans on Sexual Assault

Coaching Boys Into Men Play book


Lesson plans from the film Rape is...


Positively informed


Working with Men and Boys to Prevent Gender-Based Violence - End Abuse


Advocates for Youth


Choose respect


Healthy relationships


Sexual violence resources and lesson plans


Lesson plans from planned parenthood - Safety First

Lesson plan on RAPE -- SEXUAL ASSAULT clergy oriented but also a good general overview


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Relationship of rapist to victim- a graph



About the Rape Crisis Information Research Pathfinder


This pathfinder is for rape victims and their loved ones who are trying to heal and seeking resources to do so. Most rape victims suffer from ptsd, ocd and eating disorders. This pathfinder was created by the researcher as a graduate student in the MLS program (Library Science) at UNC Chapel Hill.

Scope: This pathfinder covers international rape crisis resources and research with a focus on the United States. This includes crisis information pages on North Carolina and Louisiana. Subjects dealt with are rape and sexual assault research and rape crisis resources. The research section includes: journal articles, statistics, reference resources, victim blame research, films, bibliographies and online research tools and databases. The crisis resources include international rape crisis center directories, information on health and the psychological effects of rape, date rape drugs, LGBT sexual assault, male sexual assault victims, victim assistance / legal resources, war and rape and online support groups.

The catagories of resources are based on an analysis of the information needs of the online rape survivor community for a collection development research project. A third project on how to communicate the mind set of rape trauma syndrome (PTSD, OCD and panic attacks) via images and text was completed as well. The bulk of the information is found under online resources based in part on the need for privacy for assault survivors. The most up to date and useful sources also tend to be online. The biographies are also a good source of healing and catharsis. What happens to a person in the aftermath of rape can make all the difference in the amount of post traumatic stress disorder one suffers in years to follow. Resources change quickly in a world of date rape drugs and general ignorance by the mainstream. You are not alone. The more you understand about what you are going through the more quickly the sharpness will become softer. Many other people have experienced this trauma and what they have learned can help guide you in your healing path.

This website is divided into two catagories:

I Rape and Sexual Assault Research

II Rape Crisis Information- Health, diversity and hotlines

The research resources are primarily reference books and online resources. The crisis resources are largely online for privacy and convenience.

Rape Crisis Information Pathfinder

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Resources to research this subject:

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Search terms: rape crisis

Related links: Victim blame


Macdonalds, J. (2004). World Book Encyclopedia. United States of America: World Book Inc.

rape. (2006). Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved May 2, 2006, from Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9376486

Smith, M. D. (2004). Encyclopedia of Rape. USA: Greenwood Press.

Sedney, M., "rape (crime)." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Scholastic Library Publishing, 2006 <http://gme.grolier.com> (February 1, 2006).



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