Advocacy

Lutheran Community Services Northwest and Gonzaga University
PDF
November, 2016

With the spotlight on campus sexual violence, community sexual assault programs are in a unique position to deepen partnerships with college campuses. Although each program and campus will have different needs depending on many factors, we present this paper from one community that highlights the perspective of student activists, campus administrators and a community sexual assault program as a framework that programs can use to approach work with their local campuses. Included in this…

Topic
  • Campus
  • Schools & Campus
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…

Topic
  • Advocacy
  • 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…

Topic
  • Advocacy
  • Child Sexual Abuse
With Considerations for Children, Teens, and Families
PDF & Printed Materials
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…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Parents & Caregivers
  • Therapy
With Considerations for Children, Teens, and Families
PDF & Printed Materials
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…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Parents & Caregivers
  • Therapy
Webinar
June, 2016

As sexual assault advocates, we seek to provide thoughtful, client-centered services to a survivor left vulnerable and traumatized after they have experienced sexual violence. But what do you do when the client may feel difficult to work with because of their own personality or background? How do you advocate for a nonresponsive client, a client with cognitive disabilities, or a client who is in constant chaos? In this webinar, we will look at common client scenarios and how to identify and…

Topic
  • Training Tools
PDF
June, 2016

Campus sexual assault is an increasing focus area in the media, legislature and in communities across the nation. Sexual assault programs throughout Washington State are well-situated to share their expertise, as communities work to build a survivor-centered campus response. Many programs are prioritizing work in this area because the increased focus means there is increased momentum in their communities to address campus sexual violence. This year WCSAP conducted a survey to learn what is…

Topic
  • Campus
  • Schools & Campus
PDF
June, 2016

The purpose of this resource is to discuss some of the considerations that are unique to advocacy with children between the ages of five-12, and provide concrete examples of what child advocacy may look like in practice. Even children as young as five or six can benefit from working directly with their advocate. When providing advocacy in child sexual abuse cases, a separate advocate can promote the child’s well-being by providing information and support to the non-offending parent or…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
WCSAP Webpage
June, 2016

These resources can be used by adults in any role (health care, mental health, education, youth work, and parenting) for promoting a social justice framework with youth. The resources vary from book lists, to discussion guides, to activities.

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance is a subproject by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Its goal is “to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children.”…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • CSA Prevention
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2016

The Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC) has recently released two free resources that should be helpful to community sexual assault program managers:

Topic
  • Confidentiality & Privilege
  • Management