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Supporting Children During the Era of COVID-19 and Racist Violence
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2020

A pandemic can certainly be a traumatic event in a child's life. Research on natural disasters makes it clear that, compared to adults, children are more vulnerable to the emotional impact of traumatic events that disrupt their daily lives1. Black children are more likely than white children to be exposed to frightening or threatening experiences2. Whether or not a child has prior traumatic experiences, COVID-19 and continuous racial violence raise reasonable concerns…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
Part 1: Language Matters
WCSAP Webpage
August, 2020

Messaging sexual violence prevention is such an important part of our overall strategy. However, it can be tricky to create a compelling and optimistic pitch for prevention that will reach a broad audience, while also navigating deeply embedded rape myths & victim blaming. That’s why there’s a lot of research about how people hear our messages and what can support greater behavior change. It’s clear that the ways in which we communicate about sexual violence and prevention really matters…

Topic
  • Best Practices
  • Program Design
Resource Packet
PDF
June, 2020

Our mental and physical health are interwoven and connected and as such trauma is stored in both our brains and our bodies. Both can be impacted by healing touch. These recourse are created to be shared with survivors. The following packet includes:

  • A guide to recognizing trauma in the body
  • A guide to self care for trauma stored in the body
  • A guide for finding a trauma-informed practitioner of body work
  • A zip file with Instagram (4) and Facebook (…
Topic
  • Advocacy
Side by Side Requirements
PDF
June, 2020

For managers of dual domestic violence and sexual assault programs, it can be a challenge to keep track of which requirements come from where! We teamed up with WSCADV to create a document of common requirements for a dual manager's reference and placed them side by side for convenient tracking. This is a living resource and will be reviewed and revised as applicable. 

Topic
  • Management
Considerations for Remote Employees & Hospital Response
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2020

COVID-19 (a novel coronavirus) is a new respiratory virus. Now that COVID-19 is spreading in Washington state, this can impact our services to survivors and our abilities to stay at full staffing. Although there are many unknowns, here are some considerations for Community Sexual Assault Programs and other providing services in high risk areas.

Telecommuting and Confidentiality:

  • Confidential work space: each program will need to work with advocates to assess their…
Topic
  • Management
  • Planning
Media Discussion Guide
PDF
January, 2020

In this discussion guide, we examine the Netflix limited series “Unbelievable.” We hope this guide can assist programs in facilitating conversations about the experience of sexual assault survivors interacting with the criminal justice systems and the aftermath of sexual trauma. 

Topic
  • Criminal Justice Process
  • SANE & Rape Kits
Creating Policies and Procedures to Address Potential Data Breaches
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2019

What is Personally Identifying Information (PII)?

In short, PII is any data that could potentially be used to identify a particular person. Examples include a full name, Social Security number, driver’s license number, bank account number, passport number, and email address. But PII also refers to information that can be used to distinguish an individual’s identity, either alone or when combined with other personal or identifying information that is linked or…

Topic
  • Management
  • Accreditation
  • Planning
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2019

As managers of Community Sexual Assault Programs (CSAPs) you are aware of the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy accreditation standard (#AC1) that requires: “The agency ensures the cultural competency of its service delivery.”

This standard describes cultural competency as: “the ability of the organization to recognize and respect diverse cultural factors, and the effects of these factors on various communities’ need for and access to its services.”

Something unique to this…

Topic
  • Anti-Oppression
  • Accreditation
  • Planning
The Unchecked Discriminatory Practice in our Movement
WCSAP Webpage
June, 2019

Within our non-profit world there is an underlying burden that we place on our teams as it relates to navigating financial controls in work-related spaces. Our structures almost always emulate, favor and support the structures and professionalism of white supremacy. This is severely problematic in that it does not encompass and champion everyone through an anti-oppressive lens. As a result the following issues often remain unchecked when financial operations are left solely to one individual…

Topic
  • Supervision
Living in a Culture of Power, Control, and Violence
WCSAP Webpage
June, 2019

When we log in to social media platforms or check the news, we are less and less surprised, albeit grief stricken, when we read about school shootings. The cumulative effect of school shootings in the United States has been staggering. We know the names of communities such as Highlands Ranch, Parklands, Sandy Hook, and Virginia Tech, due to the impact of school shootings in these places. Children and young people are disproportionately impacted by school shootings across our nation. As a…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse