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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…

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  • Nonprofit Governance
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March, 2017

There has been an alarming increase in hate crime / harassment and display of rape culture nationally. For those of us in this Movement, and particularly those of us from targeted communities, our professional, personal, and political selves are meeting at an intersection. The fear we feel is crossing those boundaries we might have once tried to hold as separate.

Engaging in culturally responsive leadership is one way to ensure our organizations become safer spaces and help our staff…

Topic
  • Anti-Oppression
  • Supervision
WCSAP Webpage
January, 2017

Vision and mission statements are often used interchangeably, but differences do exist. A mission statement describes what an organization or business does and a vision statement describes what an organization or business hopes to achieve as a result of specific actions. Mission statements focus on the present and vision statements look into the future.

Recently rape crisis centers nationally and statewide have been tweaking aspects of their mission, vision, branding, and even agency…

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  • Nonprofit Governance
WCSAP Webpage
December, 2016

Ensuring the sustainability of your organization is dependent upon its preparedness for the unforeseen. Agencies should not only be prepared for external factors such as natural disasters but also should be prepared for personnel emergencies, such as the sudden illness or resignation of the executive director.  Plans can be made to make an unexpected transition smoother and ensure the agency maintains services in a crisis.

First review the executive director job description and…

Topic
  • Planning
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
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2016

We can deliver our prevention messages about healthy sexuality to many audiences but one of the most common is to youth in schools. When taking this approach there are a few things to consider — What guidelines are out there to guide the work? How do we get buy-in from schools? What tools will you use?

The Healthy Youth Act

In Washington State we are fortunate to have a few tricks up our sleeves when it comes to promoting healthy sexuality. Public schools that choose to…

Topic
  • Healthy Sexuality
  • Schools & Campus
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2016

Zootopia

The purpose of this tip is to help begin social justice conversations with kids (ages 10+) in the context of the film “Zootopia”. Often when looking for teaching tools to discuss social justice and violence, we go to educationally produced media. While these are often more intentional with their message, there is also a lot to be gained from utilizing pop-culture media. Although the film Zootopia remains true to the standard storytelling of Disney with the purpose of a feel good entertaining…

Topic
  • CSA Prevention
Tips for Coaches
WCSAP Webpage
June, 2016

Many of us have heard the saying “it takes a village to raise a child.” Often parents are not the only people educating youth. Given the significant role that sports play for many young people and communities, coaches are in a position to greatly impact young athletes and shape community norms.

As preventionists, we can build partnerships with coaches by giving them the skills they need to positively shape their team culture. Try using these easy talking points to make the connection…

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  • Schools & Campus
WCSAP Webpage
June, 2016

These resources can be used by adults in any role (health care, mental health, education, youth work, and parenting) for promoting a social justice framework with youth. The resources vary from book lists, to discussion guides, to activities.

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance is a subproject by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Its goal is “to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children.”…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • CSA Prevention