Connections

Civil Legal Advocacy
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September, 2012

This issue of "Connections" focuses on civil legal advocacy. As advocates, when we think of legal advocacy, we may focus on activities such as supporting a survivor at a defense interview, or accompanying a survivor to trial. Let's challenge ourselves to think outside of the criminal justice box and consider other remedies that may meet survivors' needs. This issue of "Connections" explores those remedies, focusing on employment and housing protections for survivors, court watching as an…

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Legal Advocacy, Civil Legal System
In Washington State
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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…

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Incarcerated Survivors
Supporting Survivors Through Medical Advocacy
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March, 2018

The articles and interviews in this issue of "Connections" aim to round out the discussion on medical advocacy to focus on practical ideas and programming for advocacy services, specifically outside of forensic exam accompaniment.

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Medical Advocacy
With Tribal Communities
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April, 2012

This issue of "Connections" focuses on advocacy with Tribal communities. The Department of Justice reports that Native Americans are two and one-half times more likely to experience sexual assault than all races in the United States combined. This is especially relevant in Washington, where the National Congress of American Indians lists 29 federally recognized Indian Tribes and one additional state-recognized Tribe. It is imperative for community sexual assault advocates to understand how…

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Native Americans
Intimate Partner Sexual Violence
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July, 2008

A systematic response to intimate partner sexual violence is one that involves all levels of advocacy, legal, and political realms. The articles within this issue illustrate the complexities of IPSV, while painting a picture of that systematic response. By capturing the voices of survivors, advocates and legal leaders in this movement to end violence against women, this "Connections" will inspire you to look beyond traditional paths of service delivery, dig deeper into the root causes of…

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IPSV
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May, 2003

"Is feminism still valid?" is the question that became the basis of this issue of Connections. As we began to contemplate that question it came became clear that the question has always been, "Is feminism valid?" First wave feminism, the women's suffrage movement 1860-1920, was viewed as a radical doctrine, focused on dividing the genders. It was thought to be a construct of white, middle class, heterosexual, educated women. Second wave feminism, the women's liberation movement 1960 - 1982,…

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Theory & Concepts
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June, 2014

Esta es una edición especial de Connections. Es nuestra primera edición bilingüe. Son varios los motivos por los que WCSAP eligió priorizar y asignar recursos para una edición bilingüe de Connections.

En Washington hay una gran cantidad de habitantes Latin@s, y much@s de estas personas que solo hablan español son además inmigrantes. Esta población tiene necesidades diferentes y se enfrentan a distintas barreras al intentar acceder a servicios de intercesión en casos de agresión…

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Immigrant & Refugee, Latinx
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November, 2011

We know that boys, men, and male-identified trans people can be victims of sexual assault. In our work to support survivors and to end sexual assault, we need to look at the specific needs and unique circumstances of male survivors in order to constantly improve our advocacy and pressure systems to respond effectively and compassionately.

This issue of "Connections" features several specific dimensions to our work with male survivors.

There is a collection of interviews…

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Male Survivors
Challenging Pop Culture Messages That Contribute to Sexual Violence
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April, 2010

There is no denying that the media is a powerful force in contemporary society. With the daunting combination of seemingly endless resources and control over access to information, the media offers us a blueprint for how to act and what to think. Whether you are online, watching TV, or listening to music, you are vulnerable to an onslaught of messages that you may not even be aware of. Their influences are so ingrained in our daily life that they often go unnoticed.

This is why media…

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Media Literacy & Technology
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January, 2009

The long-term medical and mental health needs of survivors, as discussed in this issue, are critical and complex. We have included practical resources to assist advocates and other professionals working in the sexual assault field to expand their skills and awareness. We have also included a thought-provoking article about the possible benefits of a holistic health paradigm for healing trauma.

Advocates sometimes feel at a loss about how to effectively help people who are dealing…

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Medical Advocacy

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