Cluster Topics Core Sexual Assault Training

A curriculum must include the following topics:

Cluster #1 – Philosophical Foundations (minimum of 6 hours)

  • Mission/Philosophy
  • Underlying Conditions Contributing to Sexual Violence
  • An overview of underlying conditions might include the following (among others):
  • Violence accepted as a norm
  • Oppression issues (sexism, racism, classism, etc.)
  • Abuse of power and control
  • Gender role stereotypes
  • Victim-blaming
  • Diversity
  • Empowerment
  • Ethics
  • Confidentiality
  • Boundaries
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Informed Consent

Cluster #2 – Crisis Intervention / Support / Information and Referral (minimum of 15 hours)

  • Definitions and Continuum of Sexual Violence
  • Dynamics of Child, Adolescent, and Adult Sexual Assault
  • Male Victimization
  • Effects of Victimization
  • Crisis/Trauma Theory
  • Advocacy and Counseling Skills
  • Listening and Communication Skills
  • Cultural Competency
  • Grief and Coping Skills
  • Empathy
  • Community Resources

Cluster #3 – Advocacy (minimum of 6 hours)

  • Support and Service Options for Victims (including advocacy, medical, and legal, and other resources)
  • Rights of Victims
  • Crime Victims Compensation (CVC)
  • Components of Legal Advocacy
  • Criminal Justice Process
  • Crime Reporting & Mandated Reporting - Processes and Options
  • Civil Remedies
  • Civil and Criminal Court Orders (e.g. restraining orders, protection orders, anti-harassment orders, no
  • contact orders)
  • Medical Concerns and Treatment for Sexual Assault Survivors (including risk of pregnancy and STD
  • infection, possible injuries, etc.)
  • Components of Medical Advocacy
  • Medical Forensic Examination and Evidence Collection
  • Paperwork, such as victim impact statements, CVC forms, etc.
  • Community Resources

Cluster #4 – Working Collaboratively (minimum of 3 hours)

  • Role Clarification and Boundaries (re: work with clients, co-workers, the community, and other service providers)
  • Professionalism and Service Standards
  • How Local Agencies are Connected and/or Interconnected
  • Relationships with CPS and Law Enforcement re: Mandated Reporting
  • Accessing Additional Services
  • Paper Work and Documentation