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 childhood experiences may present added challenges in coping with their child's abuse, these survivors have developed resilience and knowledge over the years.
WCSAP has created a handout for advocates to give to or use with parents who are also survivors. We hope that reviewing this handout and the accompanying resource list will help you think through the considerations for advocacy with these parents and provide you with some helpful talking points for your daily work.