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
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
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
October, 2015

Over the last several years, sexual assault service providers in our state have been working to enhance their response and accessibility to minor survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA). Ideally, we want to create communities that offer safety for young survivors to disclose abuse and agencies that are prepared to provide early intervention services. However, we know that for many reasons, CSA survivors may not disclose their abuse for years. Thus, we want to also be ready to meet the unique…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2015

Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is a form of child sexual abuse. It is sexual activity involving a minor in exchange for something of value, or promise thereof, to the child or another person or persons. The young person is treated as a commercial and sexual object.

Often when schools and communities request a CSEC program this is connected to increased media attention of CSEC or in response to a recent incident. Programming that defines the violence and focuses on…

Topic
  • Trafficking & CSEC
  • CSA Prevention
PDF
August, 2015

Three agencies — Disability Rights Washington (DRW), the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP), and Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) — came together as the Alliance to End Sexual Violence in Long-Term Care. Alliance partners created this handbook as a result of their collaboration to develop technical assistance for advocates working with residents of long-term care facilities in Washington State. This handbook celebrates the combined strengths of…

Topic
  • Advocacy
for Sexual Assault Advocates
Webinar
August, 2015

This training is intended for trained and experienced sexual assault advocates. It explores the roles and responsibilities of hotline sexual assault advocates with two or more years of experience. Participants will explore the unique needs of survivors and address the specific challenges that may arise when advocating. Through sensitive, intentional and informed interventions, advocates will be equipped to offer survivors resources, options and crisis intervention, supporting their healing…

Topic
  • Training Tools
The Girls' Story
PDF
August, 2015

…Sexual abuse is one of the primary predictors of girls’ entry into the juvenile justice system.

This report lays out three main entry points into the juvenile justice system for girls who have experienced child sexual abuse, and provides practical suggestions for dismantling the pipeline and advocating for policy changes.

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Incarcerated Survivors
The Girls' Story
PDF
August, 2015

…Sexual abuse is one of the primary predictors of girls’ entry into the juvenile justice system.

This report lays out three main entry points into the juvenile justice system for girls who have experienced child sexual abuse, and provides practical suggestions for dismantling the pipeline and advocating for policy changes.

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Incarcerated Survivors
PDF
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…

Topic
  • Disability
  • Training Tools
  • Best Practices