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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop and Public Meetings: Agendas and Participants." National Research Council. 2014. Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18605.
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Appendix B


Workshop and Public Meetings:
Agenda and Participants

First Meeting of the Panel on Measuring Rape and Sexual Assault in
Bureau of Justice Statistics Household Surveys

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Keck Center
500 Fifth Street NW, Room 110
Washington, DC 20001

AGENDA

OPEN SESSION (open to public)
8:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
  Session Chair AM: William Kalsbeek
  Session Chair PM: Candace Kruttschnitt
 
8:00-8:30 a.m. Networking with Continental Breakfast
 
8:30-9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

William Kalsbeek, Cochair

Candace Kruttschnitt, Cochair

Connie Citro, Committee on National Statistics

Robert Hauser, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop and Public Meetings: Agendas and Participants." National Research Council. 2014. Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18605.
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9:00-9:30 a.m. Need for the Study
James Lynch
Bureau of Justice Statistics
 
9:30-9:45 a.m. Break
 
9:45-10:15 a.m.

Police Reports on Rape and Sexual Assault

Lynn Addington, Department of Justice, Law and Society, American University

 
10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Self-Report Methodology: A Criminal Justice Approach

National Crime Victimization Survey: Its History and General Design
Michael Rand, Bureau of Justice Statistics

Overview of NCVS Redesign Efforts
Allen Beck, Bureau of Justice Statistics
 
12:15-1:15 p.m. Working Lunch (third floor atrium—lunch tickets provided)
 
1:15-2:30 p.m. Self-Report Methodology: Alternative Approaches

National Violence Against Women Study
Patricia Tjaden, Tjaden Research Corporation

National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)
 

E. Lynn Jenkins, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

 
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break (refreshments available in room)
 
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop and Public Meetings: Agendas and Participants." National Research Council. 2014. Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18605.
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2:45-3:45 p.m. View from Stakeholders
 
 

Laura Dugan, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, College Park

 
 

Scott Berkowitz, RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)

 
 

Carol Tracy, Women’s Law Project

 
3:45-4:15 p.m. Self-Report Methodology: Experiences in Implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act
Allen Beck, Bureau of Justice Statistics
 
4:15-4:45 p.m. BJS-Sponsored Collaboration with Westat to Develop Alternative Approaches
David Cantor, Westat
 
4:45- 5:15 p.m. Public Input and Open Discussion on the Focus of the Committee
Candace Kruttschnitt, Facilitator
 
5:15 p.m. Adjournment of Public Session

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop and Public Meetings: Agendas and Participants." National Research Council. 2014. Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18605.
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Workshop on Measuring
Rape and Sexual Assault in Bureau of Justice Stastics Surveys

June 5-6, 2012
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, Room 120
Washington, DC 20418

AGENDA

Day 1: Tuesday, June 5, 2012, Main Building, Conference Room 120 OPEN MEETING (open to public)
8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
 
8:30-9:00 a.m. Networking and Continental Breakfast (inside room 120)
 
9:00- 9:30 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, Work of Panel and Purpose of Workshop
 

William Kalsbeek and Candace Kruttschnitt, Panel Cochairs

 
Session 1A: The Target—What Are We Trying to Measure?
  Facilitator: William Kalsbeek
 
9:30-10:00 a.m. BJS Program Goals and Expectations
James Lynch, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Allen Beck, Bureau of Justice Statistics
 
10:00-10:30 a.m. Discussion
Discussion Leader: John Boyle, Abt SRBI
 
10:30-11:00 a.m. Break (refreshments available inside room 120)
11:00-11:30 a.m. Defining Rape and Sexual Assault in the Legal System
Carol Tracy, Women’s Law Center
Jennifer Long, AEquitas
 
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Discussion
 

Discussion Leader: Ruth Peterson, Ohio State University

 
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop and Public Meetings: Agendas and Participants." National Research Council. 2014. Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18605.
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12:00-1:00 p.m.

Working Lunch to Discuss Afternoon Sessions
(main dining room; lunch tickets will be provided)

 
Session 2: The Landscape—Where Are We Now?
  Facilitator: Candace Kruttschnitt
 
1:00-1:30 p.m. An Examination of Ignorable Nonresponse in the National Crime Victimization Survey
 

Fritz Scheuren, NORC at the University of Chicago

 
1:30-2:00 p.m. Discussion
 

Discussion Leader: Nora Cate Schaeffer, University of Wisconsin–Madison

 
2:00-2:30 p.m. Subpopulations at High Risk for Rape and Sexual Assault: What Does the NCVS Tell Us?
Janet Lauritsen, University of Missouri, St. Louis
 
2:30-3:00 p.m. Discussion
  Discussion Leader: Colin Loftin, University at Albany
 
3:00-3:30 p.m. Break (refreshments available in room 120)
 
Session 3A: The Tools—What New Measurement Tools Will Be Helpful?
  Facilitator: William Kalsbeek
 
3:30-4:00 p.m. Alternative Survey Designs and Implementation Strategies Used to Collect Sensitive Data
Ken Rasinski, University of Chicago
 
4:00-4:30 p.m. Discussion
  Discussion Leader: Carol House, Project Study Director
 
4:30-5:00 p.m. Wrap-Up
  William Kalsbeek and Candace Kruttschnitt, Panel Cochairs
 
5:00 p.m. Adjournment
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop and Public Meetings: Agendas and Participants." National Research Council. 2014. Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18605.
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Day 2: Wednesday, June 6, 2012, NAS Building, Conference Room 120 OPEN MEETING (open to public)
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
 
8:30-9:00 a.m. Networking and Continental Breakfast (inside room 120)
 
Session 1B: The Target—What Are We Trying to Measure? Redux
  Facilitator: William Kalsbeek
 
9:00-9:30 a.m. Defining Rape and Sexual Assault in Surveys and Other Sources
Ronet Bachman, University of Delaware
 
9:30-10:00 a.m. Discussion
 

Discussion Leader: Karen Heimer, University of Iowa

 
10:00-10:30 a.m. Break (refreshments available in room 120)
Session 3B: The Tools—What New Measurement Tools Will Be Helpful? (Continued)
 

Facilitator: William Kalsbeek

 
10:30-11:00 a.m. Statistical Methods for Assessing the Bias in Estimates of Rates of Sensitive, Rare Events
Marcus Berzofsky, RTI International
 
11:00-11:30 a.m. Discussion
 

Discussion Leader: Paul Biemer, RTI International

 
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Multiple Frame Surveys
 

David Wilson and Jim Chromy, RTI International

 
12:00-12:30 p.m. Discussion
 

Discussion Leader: Tom Smith, NORC at the University of Chicago

 
12:30-12:45 p.m. Wrap-Up
 

William Kalsbeek and Candace Kruttschnitt, Panel Cochairs

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop and Public Meetings: Agendas and Participants." National Research Council. 2014. Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18605.
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12:45 p.m. Adjournment for Workshop
 
12:45-2:00 p.m. Working Lunch to Discuss Afternoon Sessions
(main dining room; lunch tickets will be provided)
 
2:00-4:00 p.m. Roundtable Collaboration: Discussion of Workshop, Westat’s Progress, and Panel’s Work (informal discussion open to the public)
 
2:00-4:00 p.m. Informal Discussion
Facilitator: Candace Kruttschnitt
 
  Topics:
 

•   Continuing discussion of workshop topics

•   What “constitutes” a crime on NCVS?
Discussion Leader: Allen Beck and others from BJS

•   Panel’s ideas with feedback from others
Discussion Leader: William Kalsbeek

•   Westat’s progress, insights, and timeline
Discussion Leaders: David Cantor (Westat) and Allen Beck

•   Other topics

 
4:00 p.m. Adjournment
 

Panel on Measuring Rape and Sexual Assault on BJS Household Surveys Closed Meeting–Fourth Meeting of Panel

 

December 10-11, 2012
Keck Center
500 F Street, NW, Room 205
Washington, DC 20001

 
December 10, 2012—CLOSED MEETING
 
December 11, 2012—OPEN MEETING, PUBLIC INVITED
 
10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. OPEN SESSION
Discussion with Westat and BJS About Parallel Project
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshop and Public Meetings: Agendas and Participants." National Research Council. 2014. Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18605.
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The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) measures the rates at which Americans are victims of crimes, including rape and sexual assault, but there is concern that rape and sexual assault are undercounted on this survey. BJS asked the National Research Council to investigate this issue and recommend best practices for measuring rape and sexual assault on their household surveys. Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault concludes that it is likely that the NCVS is undercounting rape and sexual assault. The most accurate counts of rape and sexual assault cannot be achieved without measuring them separately from other victimizations, the report says. It recommends that BJS develop a separate survey for measuring rape and sexual assault. The new survey should more precisely define ambiguous words such as "rape," give more privacy to respondents, and take other steps that would improve the accuracy of responses. Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault takes a fresh look at the problem of measuring incidents of rape and sexual assault from the criminal justice perspective. This report examines issues such as the legal definitions in use by the states for these crimes, best methods for representing the definitions in survey instruments so that their meaning is clear to respondents, and best methods for obtaining as complete reporting as possible of these crimes in surveys, including methods whereby respondents may report anonymously.

Rape and sexual assault are among the most injurious crimes a person can inflict on another. The effects are devastating, extending beyond the initial victimization to consequences such as unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, sleep and eating disorders, and other emotional and physical problems. Understanding the frequency and context under which rape and sexual assault are committed is vital in directing resources for law enforcement and support for victims. These data can influence public health and mental health policies and help identify interventions that will reduce the risk of future attacks. Sadly, accurate information about the extent of sexual assault and rape is difficult to obtain because most of these crimes go unreported to police. Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault focuses on methodology and vehicles used to measure rape and sexual assaults, reviews potential sources of error within the NCVS survey, and assesses the training and monitoring of interviewers in an effort to improve reporting of these crimes.

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