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A Recap
WCSAP Webpage
December, 2018

Confidentiality: a Core Value

Children and teens experience power disparity as they navigate a world created by adults, and this socialization is compounded in the powerlessness caused by sexual violence. As advocates practice confidentiality with child and teen survivors of sexual violence, we challenge the inherent power adults have over children and youth. Advocates can constantly check personal bias about children and teens, and avoid assumptions that we know what is best for…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Confidentiality & Privilege
WCSAP Webpage
November, 2018

In our industry as Managers, Supervisors and Executive Directors there are a plethora of gifting's that are bestowed to us in how we serve, advocate and add value to our organizations and or coalitions. In order to serve with due diligence we have to be willing to strive towards working as experts on a mission to eliminate any and all forms of oppression that serves to corrode and undermine the work of the anti-sexual violence movement.

The main form of oppression tends to rear its…

Topic
  • Anti-Oppression
  • Management
  • Culturally Specific
Advocacy is not just Women’s Work
WCSAP Webpage
August, 2018

Our programs have men, women, and individuals outside binary constructs who work tirelessly in the areas of advocacy, prevention, administration, and management. However, there are still some societal expectations that perpetuate the idea that sexual assault advocacy is "Women’s Work." Programs with gender diverse advocates are met with surprise by nurses at forensic exams, law enforcement officers during accompaniment, members of task force meetings, and survivors seeking services.

Topic
  • Anti-Oppression
  • Supervision
WCSAP Webpage
June, 2018

Conversations about how to integrate support for advocates that mitigates vicarious trauma have become common within our organizations, but the need to put these conversations into practice is greater than ever. While widespread coverage about the prevalence of sexual violence has gained traction with the #MeToo movement, resources for organizations haven’t seen much of an increase to meet the need. This requires managers and executive directors to find creative, low-cost ways to support…

Topic
  • Supervision
Considerations for Child Sexual Abuse Survivors
WCSAP Webpage
June, 2018

Therapists can be a critical component of a child's support system and healing process following abuse. However, many children are reluctant to participate in counseling because they don't want to talk about what happened or they may believe that going to therapy means something is wrong with them. While there are significant areas of overlap between a therapist and an advocate, it is because of their differences that they are both important members of a child's professional team after a…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Therapy
The Essential Advocacy Toolkit
PDF & Printed Materials
May, 2018

A collection of trauma-informed resources & strengths-based activities for advocates supporting adult survivors of sexual violence.

Advocates are powerful people. Being present, listening, and validating are some of the most helpful skills advocates have that survivors are not likely to get elsewhere. Still, it may not feel like enough. This guide is intended to provide practical tools, activities, and resources to assist you in your work with survivors of sexual violence— to…

Topic
  • Advocacy
conjunto de herramientas esenciales para la intercesión
PDF & Printed Materials
May, 2018

Una colección de recursos sobre trauma y actividades basadas en fortalezas para intercesoras que apoyan a adultos sobrevivientes de violencia sexual.

Las intercesoras son personas poderosas. Estar presente, escuchar y validar son algunas de las habilidades más útiles que poseen las intercesoras que los sobrevivientes probablemente no consigan en otro lugar. Aun así, puede parecer que no es suficiente. Esta guía busca proporcionar herramientas prácticas, actividades y recursos para…

Topic
  • Advocacy
  • Latinx
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2018

Many sexual violence prevention efforts aim to change individual beliefs and attitudes that contribute to a culture where sexual violence is prevalent. While these strategies are an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to creating social change, a more comprehensive approach that addresses environmental and social factors that lead to these beliefs and attitudes is necessary in preventing sexual violence. Engaging in effective community level prevention is crucial in our efforts to…

Topic
  • Strategies
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2018

For many survivors, coming forward and accessing resources also includes the pursuit of justice. However, personal feelings of justice do not always align with the traditional models of punishment-based responses that are seen as the only pathway to justice. In cases of child sexual abuse these models of justice can be even trickier to navigate due to the complicated contexts and relationships involved.

For these reasons, the framework of Transformative Justice can be helpful in…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Legal Advocacy
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2018

What is a Staff Workplan?

A staff workplan serves as a road map for an individual staff person. It is not a job description, but it serves as a tool for every staff person to outline or map out their responsibilities for a specific time frame, such as the coming week, month, quarter, or year. The workplan should be developed by each staff person to include their respective projects (whether individually or team-based), deliverables, training activities, and self-care plans with the…

Topic
  • Supervision