Focus Areas

A Family Perspective to Sibling Sexual Abuse
PDF
May, 2014

Keane, Guest, & Padbury (2013) explored issues of sibling sexual abuse in their recent article. According to the authors, there must be a balance of concern for victims of sibling sexual abuse, as well as those who offend. They rejected the feminist framework that prioritizes victim rights (specifically in the instance of youth offending) in order to look at it from a developmental framework.

Adult theories of offending are located in research that suggests the…

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Child Sexual Abuse
Should Not Have Therapy Delayed Until After Trial
WCSAP Webpage
April, 2011

In cases of child sexual abuse, some prosecutors discourage parents or others from placing a child in therapy until after the trial. The fear is that therapy will create memory and suggestibility issues which may be used by defense counsel to attack the child's credibility. Therapists confronting this issue can make the following points.

  1. If a child wants or needs therapy, it is unethical to withhold this treatment. Numerous studies document that sexual abuse…
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Child Sexual Abuse, Legal Advocacy
Book
January, 2008

"This journey towards the remembrance and recognition of one’s true self awaits us all. Nothing can stop it. As we so beautifully see in these pages, not even the most tremendous pain can halt the flowering of the spirit—if we refuse to let it. In that sense, this is not a book about agony of abuse—be it sexual, physical or emotional. This is a book about healing, about coming together, about embracing the love and forgiveness that it takes to reclaim the most tender and vulnerable…

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Advocacy, Child Sexual Abuse, CSA Prevention
PDF
January, 2010

Sometimes we are so busy walking the path of our daily lives that we don't have the time to go exploring for resources. We hope this resource guide will support you in your journey working with children and teens who have been sexually assaulted and their nonoffending family members. The resources in this guide were supplied by therapists across the state doing this work.

Some of the resources are designed to help therapists expand their own knowledge, while others are intended to be…

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Parents & Caregivers
and Brain Development
WCSAP Webpage
April, 2012

We know that the developing brains of children are affected by emotionally traumatic events, such as sexual abuse, as well as by physical injury.

In fact, there is a whole new area of study called Developmental Traumatology that looks at the psychobiological effects of abuse. This is a complicated area of study because it involves children's genetic makeup, their psychosocial environment, and the many factors that contribute to vulnerability or resilience at various stages.

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Child Sexual Abuse, Therapy
WCSAP Webpage
August, 2011

Preparation

  • Set up three large poster boards or flip sheet papers
    • Typical Things Partners Do
    • Not OK, But Not Sexual Coercion or Violence
    • Sexual Coercion or Violence
  • Make two sets of index cards with one of the items from the attached list on each card; also include several blank cards. It may make things simpler if you paperclip each card to its duplicate, since you will need to mix them up and then…
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IPSV, Training Tools, Guides & Activities
WCSAP Webpage
October, 2015

Over the last several years, sexual assault service providers in our state have been working to enhance their response and accessibility to minor survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA). Ideally, we want to create communities that offer safety for young survivors to disclose abuse and agencies that are prepared to provide early intervention services. However, we know that for many reasons, CSA survivors may not disclose their abuse for years. Thus, we want to also be ready to meet the unique…

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Child Sexual Abuse
With Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2017

In studies of adults who were sexually abused as children, two out of three said they never told anyone about the abuse during childhood (London, Bruck, Ceci & Shuman). Accordingly, we can expect survivors may not seek help until they are adults. As advocates, we should feel prepared to work with adult survivors who may no longer be in an immediate danger of assault and meet these survivors in varied places along the healing spectrum. Here are some considerations in your advocacy with…

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Child Sexual Abuse
Considerations for Child Sexual Abuse Survivors
WCSAP Webpage
June, 2018

Therapists can be a critical component of a child's support system and healing process following abuse. However, many children are reluctant to participate in counseling because they don't want to talk about what happened or they may believe that going to therapy means something is wrong with them. While there are significant areas of overlap between a therapist and an advocate, it is because of their differences that they are both important members of a child's professional team after a…

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Child Sexual Abuse, Therapy
State Assessment Summary 2015
PDF
April, 2015

WCSAP continues to work with the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) to develop and implement a streamlined statewide approach to services for incarcerated survivors of sexual assault in prison and work release facilities. In addition to prison focused work, WCSAP remains actively engaged in dialogues about service provision to survivors in jails and juvenile detention/rehabilitation facilities. WCSAP is continually working to improve…

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Incarcerated Survivors

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