Resource Library

This Library contains research, promising practices, public education, and training related to violence against women and children.

The Learning Network strives to bring current, accessible, and up-to-date content to the Resource Library. We aim to link primarily to open-access research, however, at times we do link to some content we think is particularly significant but that is inaccessible due to the subscription restrictions imposed by journals and publishing companies. While we are unable to purchase access to this content, we hope that bringing awareness of this research to our readers can assist in their learning endeavours. We will continue to work on providing open-access content so that our readers can have access to the most-current and up-to-date research available.
Sexual Violence and Help-Seeking Among LGBQ and Heterosexual College Students (2015)

This 2015 study by Richardson, Armstrong, Hines, and Reed examines help-seeking by LGBQ and heterosexual college students who have experienced sexual violence. One key finding from the study is that LGBQ victims are more likely to feel that they would be blamed for the sexual violence they experienced and therefore were less likely to seek help than heterosexual students.

Sexual Violence and Social Media – Building a Framework for Prevention (2013)

The report explores the relationship between sexual violence and social media among youth (ages 12 to 24) in Ontario.  Over 180 Ontario-based community organizations, educators, violence prevention advocates, and frontline workers were surveyed, with nine follow-up interviews with Ottawa stakeholders, regarding awareness of social media as a tool to perpetrate sexual violence; prevention strategies and initiatives; and key directions.  The research findings were integrated into 12 recommendations for approaching prevention of sexual violence related to social media.

Sexual Violence and the Spectrum of Prevention: Towards a Community Solution (2006)

R. Davis, L. Fujie Parks, & L. Cohen. Prevention Institute. National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2006)
This publication uses a tool, the Spectrum of Prevention, to provide a framework for a comprehensive prevention approach for sexual violence. The approach is designed for advocates, practitioners, and educators who are or want to be working to prevent sexual violence in their communities.

Sexual Violence Forum 2018: Video Resources

View videos of the proceedings from the Learning Network's 2018 Sexual Violence Forum: What Really Informs Consent?

In this one-day Forum, we discussed the role of marginalization, power imbalances, privilege and accompanying notions of entitlement, and the many ways in which social disparities inform “consent” and patterns of sexual violence.

Sexual Violence in Later Life: A technical assistance guide for health care providers (2013)

National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

The aim of this guide is to help physicians, nurses, and health care providers in assisting victims who are older. Health care professionals are in a position to intervene and respond to sexual violence against those who are older.

Sexual Violence in Later Life: Fact Sheet (2010)

This 2010 document offers information concerning sexual abuse in later life, including barriers to response and prevention, victims and perpetrators.

Sexual Violence in Later Life: Research Brief (2014)

This 2014 research brief reviews research on risk and protective factors related to sexual violence in later life.

Sexual violence in the lives of first-year university women in Canada: no improvements in the 21st century (2014)

This 2014 paper summarizes the frequency, type, and context of sexual assault in a large sample of first-year university women at three Canadian universities. Findings from the first large Canadian study of university women since the 1990s indicate that a large proportion of women arrive on campuses with histories of sexual victimization, and they are generally unprepared for the perpetrators they may face during their academic years. The paper concludes with the urgent need for effective rape prevention programs on university campuses.

Sexual Violence Media Packet (2015)

This 2015 packet compiles fact sheets published by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and answers common questions related to sexual violence. It will be useful for journalists about reporting on sexual violence. Topics include defining sexual violence, statistics about sexual violence, talking with survivors, and engaging bystanders.

Sexual Violence Prevention: Are we increasing safety or reinforcing rape culture? (2014)

Learning Network Brief 21
As the title suggests, this Brief questions whether some of our sexual violence prevention increases safety or reinforces rape culture. The first section describes “rape culture”, its harmful consequences, and its differential impact on various groups of women. The second section discusses how well-intended messages telling women what they can do to prevent being sexually assaulted inadvertently reinforces rape culture.  The final section raises the question of how to promote safety for girls and women while working towards transforming our culture to ensure women have the right to sexual integrity, equality and justice.