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WCSAP Webpage
November, 2017

There are many things to consider when designing a prevention program and one of these is research on factors that may increase or decrease the likelihood of sexual violence perpetration. Preventionists can use research findings in combination with community-specific guidance in order to create a tailored program that is also informed by best practice research. This Tip will provide some considerations for preventionists when selecting and including risk factors in a prevention program.…

Topic
  • Program Design
  • Theory & Concepts
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2017

Recently, WCSAP worked with a facilitator on clarifying our organizational values. It occurred to us that, as an organization, we may have been working under similarly understood implicit values of a Movement but had not, in recent years, explicitly stated our organizational values. Like us, you too, may wish to enrich your agency by identifying, revisiting, and discussing values with your board and staff.

Why identify organizational values?

Organizational values…

Topic
  • Nonprofit Governance
  • Planning
With Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2017

In studies of adults who were sexually abused as children, two out of three said they never told anyone about the abuse during childhood (London, Bruck, Ceci & Shuman). Accordingly, we can expect survivors may not seek help until they are adults. As advocates, we should feel prepared to work with adult survivors who may no longer be in an immediate danger of assault and meet these survivors in varied places along the healing spectrum. Here are some considerations in your advocacy with…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2017

Many preventionists choose schools as a primary audience to deliver awareness presentations or prevention programs. That’s why working with schools to implement trauma-informed practices into classrooms and the school environment is an essential building block towards comprehensive prevention.

The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) defines trauma-informed classrooms as “learning environments that work to address the educational needs of students who have experienced…

Topic
  • Schools & Campus
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…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • LGBTQ
WCSAP Webpage
August, 2017

As survivor-centered agencies, we often think about accessibility in terms of the clients who come through our doors or call our hotlines; however, as organizations we should also be thinking about how we can accommodate those individuals with disabilities that work within our agencies.

By way of creating inclusive and diverse workplaces, we need to access technical assistance and planning tools to help us be intentional, proactive, and lawfully compliant. Here are a collection of…

Topic
  • Nonprofit Governance
  • Supervision
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…

Topic
  • CSA Prevention
  • Therapy
WCSAP Webpage
April, 2017

While we do have an emerging evidence base for effective prevention programs, it is still relatively limited and may not be appropriate for the community you are working with. Sometimes we hear that a research evidence-base is the most important factor in programming. However here in Washington State, and many other places too, we also prioritize community specific, community-driven prevention initiatives and these do not always have an evidence-base established. This tip shares resources to…

Topic
  • Best Practices
  • Theory & Concepts
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…

Topic
  • CSA Prevention
WCSAP Webpage
April, 2017

Organizations have looked to transparency as a way to push their mission, build donor trust, boost engagement with stakeholders, and manage liability. To a certain extent, transparency is required of us as nonprofits through items like our IRS form 990 and our grant reports. However, we should view this as the most basic level of transparent achievement and strive for further openness. "The more transparent an organization is the healthier and more productive it's going to be and the less…

Topic
  • Nonprofit Governance