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Updated to include discussions on the Violence Against Women Act. The section "Implications on Social Work" has also been updated to include bystander education.

Updated on 03 Sep 2013. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 12 December 2017

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Sexual assault or rape affects millions of women and men in the United States; however, it is only in the last 30 years that it is being considered a social problem. During this period, many policies at the state and federal levels have attempted to address sexual assault and provide legal remedies for victims. However, sexual assaults are still the most underreported crime in the United States and are accompanied by bias and misinformation that plague our response. Social workers play a crucial role in offering services to survivors and advocating for more education and awareness in our communities and universities.

Keywords: rape, violence against women, sexual abuse, sexual violence

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