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WCSAP Webpage
March, 2013

Trauma can profoundly affect children's development. In an article highlighted on the website Zero to Three (National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families), Dr. Theodore Gaensbauer discusses the "Developmental and Therapeutic Aspects of Treating Infants and Toddlers Who Have Witnessed Violence." Dr. Gaensbauer's framework for understanding how trauma affects children has even wider significance, applying to older children and to those affected…

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Child Sexual Abuse
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…

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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…

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Child Sexual Abuse, IPSV, CSA Prevention
WCSAP Webpage
January, 2013

When youth in one study were asked if they knew "where to find resources for GLBT youth experiencing dating violence," only 10% identified domestic violence or sexual assault services (Freedner et al., 2002). Many sexual assault programs struggle to reduce barriers for teens to access their services; in the case of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning) youth, the barriers may be even more substantial. It's important to note that the term "teen dating violence,"…

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Child Sexual Abuse, LGBTQ
With Steven Universe
WCSAP Webpage
April, 2017

In our work with sexual assault survivors and in the community, we know it can be helpful to explore the topic of boundaries. This tip provides a fun and engaging way to start conversations about boundaries with young people.

Steven Universe is a cartoon that is loved by children, teens, and adults alike. The cartoon follows a young boy named Steven and his unconventional family of alien “crystal gems.” This TV show explores many different values-oriented topics which can be useful…

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CSA Prevention
With Steven Universe
WCSAP Webpage
May, 2017

In our work with sexual assault survivors and in the community, it can be helpful to explore the topic of mindfulness. This tip provides a fun and engaging way to start conversations about mindfulness with young people.

Mindfulness is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.” Regularly practicing mindfulness helps us to better…

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CSA Prevention, Therapy
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2014

In our child sexual abuse intervention and prevention work, we often engage with adults and caregivers who play a significant role in raising and supporting children but who may not be their biological parents. Sometimes referred to as kinship caregivers or relative parents, these adults are vital to the healing, safety, and well-being of children who are temporarily or permanently separated from their parents.

We know that when we support caregivers, we are also supporting children…

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Parents & Caregivers
Talking to Youth About Sexual Expression
WCSAP Webpage
August, 2017

Sex and sexuality are important and integral parts of most young people’s lives, and survivors of sexual abuse and assault are no exception. In fact, survivors may find it more necessary to explore their sexual identity and more complex to navigate engaging in sexual activity. This may be due to real, projected, or feared impacts of sexual assault on aspects of sexuality, including sexual identity, sexual relationships, and sexual experiences. As advocates, it’s crucial we provide space for…

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Child Sexual Abuse, LGBTQ
Fight or Flight, Then Freeze
WCSAP Webpage
October, 2016

Often in advocacy we are asked by survivors “why didn’t I fight? Why am I not a fighter?” This information can be useful to share with survivors and help them be able to think more kindly about their body/brain’s reaction to the violence they experienced.

The Amygdala's Role in Stress Response

The brain’s job is to take care of the body. The brain is divided into four key areas: the neocortex/cerebrum, the cerebellum, the limbic system, and the brainstem. Each area focuses…

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Advocacy, Child Sexual Abuse
Of Serving Minor Survivors
WCSAP Webpage
May, 2013

We know that children and teens experience some of the highest rates of sexual violence in our communities. Unfortunately, we also know that due to their minor status they often face additional barriers in accessing the services they need to heal emotionally and physically. As advocates with these young survivors, we want to make sure that our agencies and advocacy practices reduce these barriers rather than create them. Additionally, we want to ensure that young people feel safe when they…

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Child Sexual Abuse

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