The Youth Initiative builds the nation's capacity to support youth victims while working to advance their rights and ensuring youth leadership on issues that affect youth. Join the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Children and youth in the United States experience an alarming rate of exposure to violence and victimization from all the crimes that affect adults—from property crimes to homicide—plus child abuse and neglect. Victimization levels increase as youth reach adolescence; in fact, youth ages 12 to 24 suffer more violent crime than any other age group in the United States. Compared with other segments of the population, victimization rates for African American children and youth are even higher. Evidence suggests that Black youth ages 12 to 19 are victims of violent crime at significantly higher rates than their white peers.
Violence Against Black Women – Many Types, Far-reaching Effects
Sexual Violence in the Lives of African American Women: Risk, Response, and Resilience
Historical Overview: Throughout much of U. The legal system offered little protection and stereotypes about Black women's hypersexuality were used to justify limited social support for Black rape victims. Black women developed a culture of silence and engaged in anti-rape organizing to cope with their victimization. Characteristics of Black Rape Survivors: In community samples, In student samples, In national studies, approximately 1 in 5 Black women had been raped in their lifetime.
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Practice Goals Psychotherapeutic interventions for adult sexual assault victims are designed to reduce psychological distress, symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD , and rape trauma through counseling, structured or unstructured interaction, training programs, or predetermined treatment plans. Target Population The vast majority of rape and sexual assault victims are female. A recent examination of the National Crime Victimization Survey found that between and , there were 2. Females age 34 or younger, who lived in lower income households and in rural areas, reported the highest rates of sexual violence during that time Planty et al. Psychotherapeutic interventions can be provided to victims of sexual abuse and assault who are experiencing rape trauma or PTSD.