CSA

Child Sexual Abuse

Fight or Flight, Then Freeze
WCSAP Webpage
October, 2016

Often in advocacy we are asked by survivors “why didn’t I fight? Why am I not a fighter?” This information can be useful to share with survivors and help them be able to think more kindly about their body/brain’s reaction to the violence they experienced.

The Amygdala's Role in Stress Response

The brain’s job is to take care of the body. The brain is divided into four key areas: the neocortex/cerebrum, the cerebellum, the limbic system, and the brainstem. Each area focuses…

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Advocacy, Child Sexual Abuse
Of Serving Minor Survivors
WCSAP Webpage
May, 2013

We know that children and teens experience some of the highest rates of sexual violence in our communities. Unfortunately, we also know that due to their minor status they often face additional barriers in accessing the services they need to heal emotionally and physically. As advocates with these young survivors, we want to make sure that our agencies and advocacy practices reduce these barriers rather than create them. Additionally, we want to ensure that young people feel safe when they…

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Child Sexual Abuse
And How It Relates to Other Forms of Teen Dating Violence
PDF
May, 2013

This study looked at the extent of cyber dating abuse and how it relates to dating abuse in general. Here are some key aspects of the study:

  • Various forms of abuse were considered including sexual, psychological, and physical.
  • Youth voluntarily took part in the study while at schools that agreed to participate, in three Northeastern states. Most youth were in high school, lived with both parents, and identified as White and as heterosexual/straight…
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Child Sexual Abuse, IPSV, Healthy Relationships
The Girls' Story
PDF
August, 2015

…Sexual abuse is one of the primary predictors of girls’ entry into the juvenile justice system.

This report lays out three main entry points into the juvenile justice system for girls who have experienced child sexual abuse, and provides practical suggestions for dismantling the pipeline and advocating for policy changes.

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Child Sexual Abuse, Incarcerated Survivors
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2018

For many survivors, coming forward and accessing resources also includes the pursuit of justice. However, personal feelings of justice do not always align with the traditional models of punishment-based responses that are seen as the only pathway to justice. In cases of child sexual abuse these models of justice can be even trickier to navigate due to the complicated contexts and relationships involved.

For these reasons, the framework of Transformative Justice can be helpful in…

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Child Sexual Abuse, Legal Advocacy
WCSAP Webpage
January, 2016

All people need to be able to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity. This is a safety issue that arises for transgender people in places that are open to the public like gyms, restaurants, and retail stores. A unique issue for transgender youth is safe access to restrooms and locker rooms at school. According to the National Center for Transgender Equality:

“…59% of trans students have…

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Child Sexual Abuse, LGBTQ
Child Sexual Abuse
WCSAP Webpage
April, 2011

Children who have been sexually abused have often experienced an entire series of traumatic events, from multiple victimizations to seriously disrupted relationships with their parents. These children's experiences can't be described with the traditional posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) label; their fundamental ways of interacting with the world and sometimes even their biological functions are changed because of the chronic, pervasive stress to which they have been exposed at this…

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Child Sexual Abuse, Therapy
WCSAP Webpage
November, 2014

Sometimes a video is worth a thousand words! Some of these videos are intended to demonstrate techniques for therapists, and some can be shown directly to child clients. If you like a particular video, do a search to see if it is part of a series by the same person or group, as several of these are. The duration of the video is in parentheses after the name.

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Child Sexual Abuse, Therapy
With Considerations for Children, Teens, and Families
PDF & Hard Copy
July, 2016

Advocates and therapists have important roles in promoting the healing of survivors of childhood and teen sexual abuse, as well as survivors' nonoffending family members. When we work together, we can develop strong partnerships that ensure survivors have therapy options that are relevant to their needs. This offers survivors and their families a continuum of care that can help ease, and possibly hasten, the path of healing.

This booklet was developed for advocates and aims to…

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Child Sexual Abuse, Parents & Caregivers, Therapy
With Considerations for Children, Teens, and Families
PDF & Hard Copy
July, 2016

Advocates and therapists have important roles in promoting the healing of survivors of childhood and teen sexual abuse, as well as survivors' nonoffending family members. When we work together, we can develop strong partnerships that ensure survivors have therapy options that are relevant to their needs. This offers survivors and their families a continuum of care that can help ease, and possibly hasten, the path of healing.

This booklet was developed for advocates and aims to…

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Child Sexual Abuse, Parents & Caregivers, Therapy

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