Advocacy

Media Discussion Guide
PDF
January, 2020

In this discussion guide, we examine the Netflix limited series “Unbelievable.” We hope this guide can assist programs in facilitating conversations about the experience of sexual assault survivors interacting with the criminal justice systems and the aftermath of sexual trauma. 

Topic
  • Criminal Justice Process
  • SANE & Rape Kits
Statute of Limitations
WCSAP Webpage
November, 2019

After the 2019 legislative session, the Statute of Limitations (SOL) law was updated to eliminate the SOL for specific sexual assault crimes, and modify it for others. This law is not retroactive, meaning sexual assault crimes committed prior to this law’s effective date (July 28, 2019) cannot be prosecuted according to this new law. RCW…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
Webinar
October, 2019

The Washington State Patrol implemented Second Substitute House Bill 2530 (2016 Legislative Session), which created Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 43.43.545, the statewide sexual assault kit tracking system. The tracking system provides sexual assault survivors with the ability to anonymously track the location and status of their Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) from the point of collection through forensic analysis to final storage location and possible destruction.

In this one hour…

Topic
  • Legal Advocacy
  • SANE & Rape Kits
Webinar
October, 2019

The Washington State Patrol implemented Second Substitute House Bill 2530 (2016 Legislative Session), which created Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 43.43.545, the statewide sexual assault kit tracking system. The tracking system provides sexual assault survivors with the ability to anonymously track the location and status of their Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) from the point of collection through forensic analysis to final storage location and possible destruction.

In this one hour…

Topic
  • Legal Advocacy
  • SANE & Rape Kits
Through a Trauma-Informed Approach
Webinar
July, 2019

Description

This webinar is part of a series of "Trauma-informed advocacy with young people" resources and publications. In this webinar, participants will:

  • understand how to incorporate trauma-informed care on a micro, macro, and mezzo level.
  • gain knowledge about the neurobiology of stress, trauma, and regulation strategies.
  • learn how to implement SAMHSA's six guiding principals of trauma-informed care.

Training Hours and Credits…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
Living in a Culture of Power, Control, and Violence
WCSAP Webpage
June, 2019

When we log in to social media platforms or check the news, we are less and less surprised, albeit grief stricken, when we read about school shootings. The cumulative effect of school shootings in the United States has been staggering. We know the names of communities such as Highlands Ranch, Parklands, Sandy Hook, and Virginia Tech, due to the impact of school shootings in these places. Children and young people are disproportionately impacted by school shootings across our nation. As a…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
and Practicing Trauma-Informed Advocacy
PDF
June, 2019

As advocates in the field of anti-violence who practice from an anti-oppression lens, we regularly encounter information about the impact of trauma. Increasingly, our advocacy-based counseling is informed by what Science tells us about the ‘neurobiology of trauma.’ This includes information about how trauma manifests and impacts the body and mind. This Advocacy Station examines the effect of trauma with particular focus on how it impacts and manifests in young people and children.…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
with an Anti-Oppressive Lens
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June, 2019

The Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACEs) is a longitudinal study; a research method in which the data was gathered about ACEs over a long period of time. This study also serves as an ongoing tool for measuring the relationship between early life trauma and later life health and wellbeing. This Advocacy Station explores the survey and research findings of the original Kaiser-CDC study.

We will also examine the ways in which the study has been useful to our understanding of early…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
The Advocacy Station
PDF
June, 2019

Today, as we find ourselves within the #MeToo cultural shift, we are faced with an unprecedented level of public and private dialogue and disclosures of sexual assault. It can be overwhelming to interact with this additional layer of discussion of sexual violence as people who work with survivors on a daily basis. Rooting ourselves in and reaffirming the philosophy of survivor-centered and individualized advocacy can be a helpful way to navigate this climate.

Simply put, we believe…

Topic
  • Legal Advocacy
What is it?
External Website
May, 2019

WCSAP was contacted by a survivor who has been working with attorneys, advocates, and academics to raise awareness and bring an end to a traumatic practice referred to as ‘court-ordered rape,’ or invasive gynecological exams that survivors of sexual assault are ordered to endure in the course of proceedings against their perpetrators.

Topic
  • Legal Advocacy