Serving Adolescent Victims
To address sexual violence among adolescents, consider collaborating with community organizations that work with adolescents. Additionally, consider
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- Creating victim-centered vertical sexual violence units within criminal justice agencies so that victims can keep the same legal professionals throughout a case.
- Involving systems- and community-based service providers who understand the local languages and dialects of adolescents.
- Collaborating with neighborhood watch groups, faith-based providers, community youth organizations, ethnically based organizations, and local businesses.
- Coordinating focus groups where teens can discuss their concerns, needs, and perceptions about sexual violence.
- Partnering with community educators and youth organizations to train students, parents, teachers, and community leaders in how to respond to adolescents who disclose sexual assault.
- Giving presentations on prevention education and risk reduction.