Advocacy

WCSAP Webpage
March, 2013

Trauma can profoundly affect children's development. In an article highlighted on the website Zero to Three (National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families), Dr. Theodore Gaensbauer discusses the "Developmental and Therapeutic Aspects of Treating Infants and Toddlers Who Have Witnessed Violence." Dr. Gaensbauer's framework for understanding how trauma affects children has even wider significance, applying to older children and to those affected…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
A Family-Based Teen Dating Violence Abuse Prevention Program
PDF
March, 2013

Foshee, V. et all (2012). Journal of Adolescent Health.

Often when we think about teen dating abuse prevention programs, we think of programs delivered in a school setting. Moreover, we may even think specifically of the curriculum Safe Dates, as it is one of the only evidence-based teen dating abuse prevention curricula. However, the Families for Safe Dates program combined components of the Safe Dates curriculum with additional activities and presents them in a very new format: at…

Topic
  • Parents & Caregivers
  • Curriculums
  • Healthy Relationships
WCSAP Webpage
January, 2013

When youth in one study were asked if they knew "where to find resources for GLBT youth experiencing dating violence," only 10% identified domestic violence or sexual assault services (Freedner et al., 2002). Many sexual assault programs struggle to reduce barriers for teens to access their services; in the case of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning) youth, the barriers may be even more substantial. It's important to note that the term "teen dating violence,"…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • LGBTQ
PDF
December, 2012

In this issue of "Partners in Social Change," we examine the influence that parents have with their teens and how this can be supported and enhanced to increase the effectiveness of sexual violence prevention. In the articles that follow, you will read about why parents should be engaged and how you can facilitate that process. We share a sexual health expert's great "Top 10" list of talking points that parents can use when they talk to their teens about sex and sexual violence. Next, we…

Topic
  • Parents & Caregivers
  • CSA Prevention
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2012

"For someone to heal from PTSD, one must learn how to control bodily reflexes. PTSD causes memory to be stored at a sensory level-in the body. Yoga offers a way to reprogram automatic physical responses…What is beautiful about Yoga is that it teaches us—and this is a critical point for those who feel trapped in their memory sensations—that things come to an end."

—Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Trauma Specialist

As therapists working with sexual abuse…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Therapy
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…

Topic
  • 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…

Topic
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Civil Legal System
With Cognitive or Developmental Disabilities
WCSAP Webpage
August, 2012

Healthy sexuality is an important component of preventing sexual violence. Therefore there are several resources that can be incorporated into prevention programs. We know that it is important to deliver prevention programming that is socio-culturally relevant and developmental appropriate. So when working with youth or adults with developmental or cognitive disabilities, finding resources that are tailored to this community may be helpful.

Here are three curricula that focus on…

Topic
  • Disability
  • CSA Prevention
  • Curriculums
  • Healthy Sexuality
A Guide to Psychoeducational Support Groups for Nonoffending Parents and Caregivers of Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused
PDF & Printed Materials
June, 2012

This Guide is a supplement to the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs' (WCSAP) general guide to psychoeducational support groups, Circle of Hope. Circle of Hope provides information about the nature of psychoeducational groups and how they differ from self-help and therapy groups. In addition, there is general…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Parents & Caregivers
  • Support Groups
And Resources for CSA Advocates and Therapists
WCSAP Webpage
June, 2012

Your work with parents is invaluable to the healing of child and teen survivors, families, and communities. Many programs have contacted WCSAP to inquire about resources and curricula for facilitating psychoeducational support groups for nonoffending parents and caregivers of children who have been sexually abused.

This guide includes:

  • considerations for facilitators,
  • a complete 8-week curriculum…
Topic
  • Parents & Caregivers
  • Support Groups