Advocacy

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
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
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
Part 1
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2016

Many young people feel being pressured into having sex or participating in a sexual act before one feels entirely ready is a normal part of growing up; this is especially true if they have received little to no healthy relationship and sex education. However, we know this is a form of sexual violence and advocates working with youth have a unique opportunity to debunk this myth. Every person has complete control over their body and choice with whom and when they decide to hug, kiss, have sex…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • IPSV
  • CSA Prevention
Part 1
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2016

Many young people feel being pressured into having sex or participating in a sexual act before one feels entirely ready is a normal part of growing up; this is especially true if they have received little to no healthy relationship and sex education. However, we know this is a form of sexual violence and advocates working with youth have a unique opportunity to debunk this myth. Every person has complete control over their body and choice with whom and when they decide to hug, kiss, have sex…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • IPSV
  • CSA Prevention
Part 2
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2016

Talking about sexual coercion is part of an advocate’s job, but these conversations do not tend to open up naturally with teens. Many teens will need an advocate who is confident and comfortable creating a space for them to talk openly about their experiences of healthy and unhealthy sex. Educating young people about emergency contraception (EC) is one great way to open these conversations, keep teens safer, and prevent unintended pregnancies. Below are some tips to help every advocate talk…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • IPSV
  • CSA Prevention
Part 2
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2016

Talking about sexual coercion is part of an advocate’s job, but these conversations do not tend to open up naturally with teens. Many teens will need an advocate who is confident and comfortable creating a space for them to talk openly about their experiences of healthy and unhealthy sex. Educating young people about emergency contraception (EC) is one great way to open these conversations, keep teens safer, and prevent unintended pregnancies. Below are some tips to help every advocate talk…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • IPSV
  • CSA Prevention
WCSAP Webpage
January, 2016

All people need to be able to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity. This is a safety issue that arises for transgender people in places that are open to the public like gyms, restaurants, and retail stores. A unique issue for transgender youth is safe access to restrooms and locker rooms at school. According to the National Center for Transgender Equality:

…59% of trans students have…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • LGBTQ
New Possibilities for the Anti-Sexual Violence Movement in Washington State
PDF
January, 2016

Fortunately, there are many tools that advocates throughout Washington State can use and share with one another to address the impact of vicarious trauma. Throughout this issue of "Connections," we will explore what programs are doing to support their staff and how current research can be distilled into practical and easily applicable tools, along with visioning new possibilities for the Anti-Sexual Violence Movement.

Topic
  • Advocacy
Examining the Empowerment Model and Ageism to Serve Youth Better
Webinar
December, 2015

Working with young people who have been sexually assaulted can often be a daunting task for advocates and volunteers. Often, sexual assault advocates are tasked with "specializing" in so many areas of victimization, that it becomes overwhelming. How can one use the expertise that they already have to their benefit when working with young people? What barriers stand in the way of serving youth in a relevant and empowering way? In this webinar, participants will get an overview of what makes…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Supervision