Advocacy

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 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
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
In Washington State
PDF & Printed Materials
December, 2015

In WCSAP's 2006 issue of Connections, Sexual Assault: Not Part of the Penalty, we explored the issue of sexual assault in correctional facilities. A lot has changed since then. Although the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 to address sexual assault and abuse in prison, it was not until 2012 and 2014 that the final PREA standards that govern implementation of this law took effect.

One thing that has not changed since our last exploration of the issue of…

Topic
  • Incarcerated Survivors
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
WCSAP Webpage
December, 2015

People with disabilities can and do have sex. But because of myths perpetuated by an ableist society, many children with disabilities are being systematically left behind in receiving education regarding healthy sexuality.

Children with disabilities experience sexual abuse at rates greater than children without. This is primarily due to unique risk factors (e.g. isolated settings with caregivers and attendants) and the lack of systems providing sex and healthy relationship education…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Disability
WCSAP Webpage
December, 2015

People with disabilities can and do have sex. But because of myths perpetuated by an ableist society, many children with disabilities are being systematically left behind in receiving education regarding healthy sexuality.

Children with disabilities experience sexual abuse at rates greater than children without. This is primarily due to unique risk factors (e.g. isolated settings with caregivers and attendants) and the lack of systems providing sex and healthy relationship education…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Disability