Advocacy

Who Engage in Nonsuicidal Self-Harm
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June, 2013

Like suicidality, talking about self-harm directly with young people who have been engaged in this coping mechanism can be hard. However, because such a vital part of our work as advocates is to discuss coping strategies and help survivors discover what mechanisms work best for them, discussions that involve self-injury, self-medication, eating disorders, engaging in risky sex, and other self-harming behaviors are integral.

Advocates are often the only people in a survivor’s life…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
And How It Relates to Other Forms of Teen Dating Violence
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May, 2013

This study looked at the extent of cyber dating abuse and how it relates to dating abuse in general. Here are some key aspects of the study:

  • Various forms of abuse were considered including sexual, psychological, and physical.
  • Youth voluntarily took part in the study while at schools that agreed to participate, in three Northeastern states. Most youth were in high school, lived with both parents, and identified as White and as heterosexual/…
Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • IPSV
  • Healthy Relationships
Of Serving Minor Survivors
WCSAP Webpage
May, 2013

We know that children and teens experience some of the highest rates of sexual violence in our communities. Unfortunately, we also know that due to their minor status they often face additional barriers in accessing the services they need to heal emotionally and physically. As advocates with these young survivors, we want to make sure that our agencies and advocacy practices reduce these barriers rather than create them. Additionally, we want to ensure that young people feel safe when they…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
And How It Relates to Other Forms of Teen Dating Violence
PDF
May, 2013

This study looked at the extent of cyber dating abuse and how it relates to dating abuse in general. Here are some key aspects of the study:

  • Various forms of abuse were considered including sexual, psychological, and physical.
  • Youth voluntarily took part in the study while at schools that agreed to participate, in three Northeastern states. Most youth were in high school, lived with both parents, and identified as White and as heterosexual/…
Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • IPSV
  • Healthy Relationships
When Providing Sexual Assault Advocacy Services to Minors
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April, 2013

Confidentiality is the cornerstone of advocacy. While the basic principles of maintaining respect and privacy apply to survivors of all ages, consent and confidentiality issues become especially important and a bit more complex when the survivor is under the age of 18. By providing some clarity around these complexities, our hope is to ultimately increase minors' access to and utilization of advocacy services. Some of the issues that must be considered when working with minors are:

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Confidentiality & Privilege
When Providing Sexual Assault Advocacy Services to Minors
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April, 2013

Confidentiality is the cornerstone of advocacy. While the basic principles of maintaining respect and privacy apply to survivors of all ages, consent and confidentiality issues become especially important and a bit more complex when the survivor is under the age of 18. By providing some clarity around these complexities, our hope is to ultimately increase minors' access to and utilization of advocacy services. Some of the issues that must be considered when working with minors are:

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Confidentiality & Privilege
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
Comes to OB/GYN Offices
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March, 2013

Reproductive coercion and sexual coercion are not new ideas to advocates. For decades, survivors have been sharing their stories about partners poking holes in condoms, flushing birth control pills, pressuring to get pregnant, and pressuring to have sex. These conversations are now extending beyond our advocacy sphere and into doctors' offices.

In this research review, we take a look at the…

Topic
  • Reproductive Coercion
A Family-Based Teen Dating Violence Abuse Prevention Program
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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