Addressing sexual violence in rural communities comes with its own specific set of strengths and challenges which are distinctly different than urban communities. The resources below are some of our favorite resources that specifically address the realities of working in rural communities.
Unspoken Crimes: Sexual Assault in Rural America, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This NSVRC publication sheds light on the obstacles facing service providers and victims in rural communities across the United States.
Rural Resources Collection, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
A collection of resources that provides grounding for the most relevant information available online about and for rural communities as they build more effective responses to sexual violence.
Stopping the Stigma: Changing Public Perceptions of Sexual Assault in Rural Communities, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
This information packet is designed to assist advocacy programs in rural or remote areas in gaining support from their respective communities with the goal of creating partnerships to meet the needs of survivors and end sexual violence. Many rural communities are geographically isolated or cover a large area; thus, outreach in places where people come together is a key component of this packet. Outreach targets will focus on the following: schools, faith communities, local businesses, and community groups.
The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIHub) is committed to being a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. RHIHub has healthcare specific information and resources that impact all survivors living in rural areas. This includes statistical information, an online library and tools to use for providers, and state by state guides of resources for all states and territories. They also host a call center for resources and referrals.
The Census Bureau is a statistical agency and the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. This site helps your program find information about your service area and rural areas broken down in to categories such as age, gender, race, education, among others.