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Legal Advocacy Tips & Resources

Last year, WCSAP prioritized gathering information about sexual assault legal advocacy practices because we have heard from advocates that survivors continue to face many challenges within the legal system. This means that legal advocacy is also challenging and that advocates need support for their work in this system.

We gathered information from community sexual assault programs during site visits and requests for technical assistance, and primarily via an extensive legal advocacy assessment tool. In January and February 2014, WCSAP used this assessment tool to gather information from Washington State sexual assault advocacy program staff about advocacy within the Washington State criminal and civil legal systems. You can view a summary of the statewide assessment findings and common themes here: http://www.wcsap.org/legal-advocacy-assessment-survey-2014

WCSAP is continually working to improve the legal system's response to survivors and to meet advocates' needs around legal advocacy work. The purpose of the assessment was to help WCSAP prioritize and guide future activities such as training, collaboration, resource development, and system advocacy. Due to the complexity of the findings, we decided to develop this resource document that provides information, guidance, and additional resources (including recorded training) in response to specific questions raised and challenges identified in the assessment and in requests for technical assistance.

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Reviewed: March 21st, 2017