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What is Community Based Advocacy? A Resource for Corrections Professionals

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This audience for this brochure is corrections professionals. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) requires correctional facilities to provide access to confidential community based sexual assault advocacy services for incarcerated people who have experienced sexual assault. This means that correctional facilities will be reaching out to community based sexual assault programs for assistance in meeting this requirement. However, many corrections professionals are unfamiliar with the advocacy profession. This publication is for use by community sexual assault programs in their work partnering with corrections facilities. It explains what the role of an advocate is, and provides examples of specific services an advocate might provide to an incarcerated survivor.

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Reviewed: March 21st, 2017