Advocacy

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…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2015

Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is a form of child sexual abuse. It is sexual activity involving a minor in exchange for something of value, or promise thereof, to the child or another person or persons. The young person is treated as a commercial and sexual object.

Often when schools and communities request a CSEC program this is connected to increased media attention of CSEC or in response to a recent incident. Programming that defines the violence and focuses on…

Topic
  • Trafficking & CSEC
  • CSA Prevention
for Sexual Assault Advocates
Webinar
August, 2015

This training is intended for trained and experienced sexual assault advocates. It explores the roles and responsibilities of hotline sexual assault advocates with two or more years of experience. Participants will explore the unique needs of survivors and address the specific challenges that may arise when advocating. Through sensitive, intentional and informed interventions, advocates will be equipped to offer survivors resources, options and crisis intervention, supporting their healing…

Topic
  • Training Tools
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.

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Incarcerated Survivors
PDF
August, 2015

Three agencies — Disability Rights Washington (DRW), the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP), and Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) — came together as the Alliance to End Sexual Violence in Long-Term Care. Alliance partners created this handbook as a result of their collaboration to develop technical assistance for advocates working with residents of long-term care facilities in Washington State. This handbook celebrates the combined strengths of…

Topic
  • Advocacy
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.

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Incarcerated Survivors
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.

Topic
  • Legal Advocacy
PDF
June, 2015

Advocates come from all walks of life and advocate for a variety of purposes; but the purpose of these training materials is to provide information and support for advocates who work with residents of long-term care, specifically, long-term care ombuds, sexual assault program advocates, or disability advocates. Building advocacy where disability, sexual violence and long-term care meet is nuanced and important. The intention of this booklet is to assist in the development of effective…

Topic
  • Disability
  • Training Tools
  • Best Practices
PDF
June, 2015

Advocates come from all walks of life and advocate for a variety of purposes; but the purpose of these training materials is to provide information and support for advocates who work with residents of long-term care, specifically, long-term care ombuds, sexual assault program advocates, or disability advocates. Building advocacy where disability, sexual violence and long-term care meet is nuanced and important. The intention of this booklet is to assist in the development of effective…

Topic
  • Disability
  • Training Tools
  • Best Practices
PDF
April, 2015

Researcher Ann Hellman recently undertook an extensive search of the literature about adult women’s recovery from sexual assault. Her primary purpose was to identify gaps to guide future studies, but she was able to summarize what we do know from peer-reviewed research published between 2003 and 2014 that focused specifically on adult women survivors.

Topic
  • Advocacy