Advocacy

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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…

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  • Disability
  • Training Tools
  • Best Practices
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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
State Assessment Summary 2015
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April, 2015

WCSAP continues to work with the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) to develop and implement a streamlined statewide approach to services for incarcerated survivors of sexual assault in prison and work release facilities. In addition to prison focused work, WCSAP remains actively engaged in dialogues about service provision to survivors in jails and juvenile detention/rehabilitation facilities. WCSAP is continually working to improve…

Topic
  • Incarcerated Survivors
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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
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March, 2015

Some forms of emergency contraception (EC) may not be as effective for heavier women. In particular, research studies have suggested that levonorgestrel (brand names Plan B One-Step® and Take Action™) might not be effective for individuals weighing more than 154 pounds, whereas ulipristal acetate (ella®) may only be effective up to 194 pounds. However, according to the American Society for Emergency Contraception (ASEC), these conclusions are based on very limited research and on…

Topic
  • Reproductive Health & Justice
  • Reproductive Coercion
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March, 2015

Some forms of emergency contraception (EC) may not be as effective for heavier women. In particular, research studies have suggested that levonorgestrel (brand names Plan B One-Step® and Take Action™) might not be effective for individuals weighing more than 154 pounds, whereas ulipristal acetate (ella®) may only be effective up to 194 pounds. However, according to the American Society for Emergency Contraception (ASEC), these conclusions are based on very limited research and on…

Topic
  • Reproductive Health & Justice
  • Reproductive Coercion
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2015

I recently read a comment from a child advocate that speaks to the core of why advocacy is such an important service for young survivors of sexual abuse in our communities: "I've been working for decades now with children who have experienced significant harm. Each of them expected nothing more or less from life than what they'd experienced." Ultimately, our goal in child advocacy is to help young people envision and pursue a life that is more than and different from the trauma they have…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
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February, 2015

This resource focuses on resilience and how we can promote it in our everyday advocacy with young survivors and their caregivers. We often talk about the healing process; what we are really referring to is one understanding of resilience: The human capacity to face, overcome, be strengthened by or even transformed by, the adversities of life. In our work, we provide tools and support to empower survivors of all ages to build upon that capacity that already exists. Promoting resilience aligns…

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  • Parents & Caregivers
  • CSA Prevention
Webinar
February, 2015

This training will help advocates learn more about the role of the sexual assault nurse examiner and better understand the sexual assault medical exam. Included will be help in understanding general anatomy, medical findings and forensic evidence collection. Additionally, this training will include information on the collaborative roles of advocates and SANE nurses in the care of sexual assault patients.

Topic
  • SANE & Rape Kits
  • Training Tools
Webinar
February, 2015

This training will help advocates learn more about the role of the sexual assault nurse examiner and better understand the sexual assault medical exam. Included will be help in understanding general anatomy, medical findings and forensic evidence collection. Additionally, this training will include information on the collaborative roles of advocates and SANE nurses in the care of sexual assault patients.

Topic
  • SANE & Rape Kits
  • Training Tools