The Advocacy Station

Who Are Also Child Sexual Abuse Survivors
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March, 2014

A trauma-informed approach to advocacy with parents of children who have been sexually abused means considering the range of stressors that families encounter. Specifically, we must recognize the possibility that parents may also have experienced sexual abuse as a child. In conjunction with the services offered to children, supporting the healing of parent-survivors helps both generations. Advocates have an excellent opportunity to help parent-survivors focus on their strengths. While their…

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Parents & Caregivers
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…

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Child Sexual Abuse
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September, 2015

This summer, WCSAP released a support statement for the #blacklivesmatter Movement as a recommitment to our anti-racism work and allyship with African American communities. In that statement, we committed to being transparent about our ongoing process and to sharing tools that we find helpful along the way with our membership. We don’t have all the answers, but we want you to come along with us as we continue and deepen…

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Anti-Oppression
Lutheran Community Services Northwest and Gonzaga University
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November, 2016

With the spotlight on campus sexual violence, community sexual assault programs are in a unique position to deepen partnerships with college campuses. Although each program and campus will have different needs depending on many factors, we present this paper from one community that highlights the perspective of student activists, campus administrators and a community sexual assault program as a framework that programs can use to approach work with their local campuses. Included in this…

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Campus, Schools & Campus
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:

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Child Sexual Abuse, Confidentiality & Privilege
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November, 2013

This paper is designed to help sexual assault advocacy programs take a fresh look at confidentiality. Formatted as a checklist for easy use, it provides applicable confidentiality policy issues alongside examples of related confidential service provision practices. This checklist can be used by a manager, the whole staff, or the board to assess an agency's policies and practices. WCSAP is also available to work through the checklist with you, whether that's talking through a few issues over…

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Confidentiality & Privilege
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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
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June, 2016

The purpose of this resource is to discuss some of the considerations that are unique to advocacy with children between the ages of five-12, and provide concrete examples of what child advocacy may look like in practice. Even children as young as five or six can benefit from working directly with their advocate. When providing advocacy in child sexual abuse cases, a separate advocate can promote the child’s well-being by providing information and support to the non-offending parent or…

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Child Sexual Abuse
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December, 2011

A multidisciplinary response to sexual assault cases is beneficial to our work and our communities. It cultivates communication and collaboration among service providers and system professionals; increases the effectiveness of criminal justice, social service, medical, and community interventions; and ultimately, it improves the response to and experiences of survivors. This approach is most often supported through the development of teams comprised of the primary stakeholders who work with…

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Legal Advocacy
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June, 2017

The increasingly pervasive use of technology in our everyday lives can feel disorienting, especially given the rapid pace of innovation and the expanding power of 21st century technology to collect, store, and distribute information about all of us.

The demand on programs to upgrade systems and to provide additional forms of communication is driven not only by this cultural shift, but by the increasing need to reach younger people. Youth embrace new technology faster than we can…

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Program Provision

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