Legal

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…
Topics
Child Sexual Abuse, Legal Advocacy
PDF
January, 2004

The purpose of this guide is to help a survivor or guardian of a child survivor understand the advantages and disadvantages of suing the perpetrator or other responsible parties in civil court. It is not legal advice and should not be substituted for the advice of an attorney. Consulting with an attorney can help a survivor determine what laws apply to their situation and what claims they may have against the perpetrator or other parties. This guide was last updated in 2004, so it is also…

Topics
Civil Legal System
Civil Legal Advocacy
PDF
September, 2012

This issue of "Connections" focuses on civil legal advocacy. As advocates, when we think of legal advocacy, we may focus on activities such as supporting a survivor at a defense interview, or accompanying a survivor to trial. Let's challenge ourselves to think outside of the criminal justice box and consider other remedies that may meet survivors' needs. This issue of "Connections" explores those remedies, focusing on employment and housing protections for survivors, court watching as an…

Topics
Legal Advocacy, Civil Legal System
Civil Legal Advocacy
PDF
September, 2012

This issue of "Connections" focuses on civil legal advocacy. As advocates, when we think of legal advocacy, we may focus on activities such as supporting a survivor at a defense interview, or accompanying a survivor to trial. Let's challenge ourselves to think outside of the criminal justice box and consider other remedies that may meet survivors' needs. This issue of "Connections" explores those remedies, focusing on employment and housing protections for survivors, court watching as an…

Topics
Legal Advocacy, Civil Legal System
Transforming Our Nation's Response to Rape Victim Rights Law Center
Book & DVD
January, 2004

1 binder plus 1 DVD

  1. Legal issues
  2. Civil lawsuits
  • Author: WCSAP, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
  • Publisher: WCSAP 2004
Topics
Criminal Justice Process
In Your Community
PDF
November, 2005

This guide was designed to provide you with practical tools to help you cultivate attorney referrals in your own community. It offers a variety of ideas about how to develop pro bono resources and attorney referrals and some may be more appropriate for your community than others. This guide was developed in 2005 and has not been updated. Although much of the information remains accurate, WCSAP's structure has changed and no longer includes a Legal Services Department. The guide refers to an…

Topics
Legal Advocacy
Role of Criminal Justice System
Book
January, 1998
  1. Native Women
  2. Native American/Indian Communities
  • Publisher: Cangleska, Inc, 1998.
Topics
Native Americans, Criminal Justice Process
PDF
June, 2015

Sexual assault advocates are frequently asked, “But what about false allegations? Don’t they happen all the time?” It is helpful to be able to refer to the research on this topic, and to sort out the issues involved.

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Topics
Legal Advocacy
PDF & Hard Copy
June, 2014

This is a brochure created to give helpful yet concise information about a variety of rights. The six rights sections are: housing, language access, worker and workplace rights, sexual assault and workplace violence, legal and immigration rights, and reproductive rights. There is a back panel with basic referenced resources. Each section addresses common concerns and directs people to contact their local program for more information or for help.

It is available in English and Spanish…

Topics
Legal Advocacy
PDF
June, 2014

WCSAP prioritized gathering information about sexual assault legal advocacy practices because we have heard from advocates that sexual assault survivors 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.

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Topics
Legal Advocacy

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