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SEEKING SUPPORT?
The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.

FAQ and Factsheets: Media

Community Action

Crisis and tragedy often ignite a sense of outrage, sorrow and concern which can unite citizens with one another in support of a common cause. When a member of a community becomes a victim of physical or emotional harm, it may serve as a painful reminder that no individual is immune to such tragedy. A highly publicized violent crime often precipitates a desire for community members to take extra measures to protect themselves and their families. During these times of individual, familial, and community suffering, the movement of community activism for victims' rights is often launched. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Crime Victims Rights in the News Media

The news media can often inflict a "second victimization" upon crime victims or survivors by enhancing their feelings of violation, disorientation, and loss of control. It is important for journalists to understand the emotions felt by victims and survivors, who are often disoriented and confused following a crime. Victims should have the rights when dealing with media that include refusing interviews, limiting the scope of questions, demanding corrections, and the right to anonymity. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Myths and Facts

Myth: Rape doesn’t happen very often. Fact: 12.1 million American women have been victims of forcible rape. In other words, 13% or one out of eight adult American women has been the victim of forcible rape in her lifetime. (1992) Read More...

From the Series: The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault

Terms You Should Know

The following definitions may help you or a friend begin to give voice to what has happened to you. These are not legal definitions, but working definitions to provide a framework for your experience. Read More...

From the Series: The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
Related Links

Resource Guide
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The Resource Guide is a free information service from The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault.

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