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The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is working to eliminate all forms of sexual violence and to advocate for the rights and needs of victims of sexual assault.
How the judiciary responds to crimes of sexual violence can set the tone of an entire community:
Magisterial District Judges' Pennsylvania Sexual Violence Benchbook: This is the nation's first Sexual Violence Benchbook designed specifically to guide lower court judges in the handling of sex abuse crimes. It is a resource for Magisterial District Judges that provides information to help them understand the procedural requirements and complexity of sex abuse crimes.
Minor Judicial Benchbook - Complete Book (22 Megs)
Broken down by section for easier downloading:
Intro and Section One: Understanding Sexual Violence (10 Megs)
Section Two: The Process of a Sex Offense Case (12 Megs)
Section Three: Resources (.5 Megs)
Commonwealth Trial Judges' Pennsylvania Sexual Violence Benchbook. The Pennsylvania Sexual Violence Benchbook provides a comprehensive understanding of Pennsylvania’s current sexual offense laws. Section one, Understanding Sexual Violence, highlights the impact of sexual violence on a victim. Section two, The Process of a Sex Offense Case, addresses the procedural and practical steps of a sex offense case. Section three, Life After Megan’s Law, reviews and compares collateral ramifications of a sexual offense conviction, including sex offender registration laws. Section four, Resources, provides a list of victims’ service providers as well as current research. While this book is written primarily as a resource for Pennsylvania Judges, others in the criminal justice system may find its contents helpful.
Understanding Sexual Violence: Prosecuting Adult Rape and Sexual Assault Cases is a model curriculum developed under a grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Violence Against Women Office. The National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) developed this curriculum as part of a joint project with the American Prosecutors Research Institute to provide prosecutors with tools for successful sex crimes prosecutions, especially non-stranger rapes.
Sexual Assault /Victims Compensation Assistance Program Manual The manual provides a review of VCAP and helps guide counselor/advocates in coupling VCAP with sexual assault victims and their families. It is based on core believes about compensation and how it is related to victimization and healing. Forms for this document have been removed but may be found at http://www.pccd.state.pa.us.