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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…

Topic
  • 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…

Topic
  • 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…

Topic
  • 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
A Guide to Psychoeducational Support Groups for Latin@ Survivors of Sexual Violence
PDF & Printed Materials
June, 2016

The Circle of Hope "Latin@ Support Group Guide" is intended to provide a basic outline for support group facilitators that are seeking to establish or enhance sexual assault support groups for adult Latin@ survivors in Washington State. Recognizing the expertise current facilitators have working with Latin@ survivors and also acknowledging the need for new facilitators to obtain a basic foundation to build upon, this guide provides generalized guidelines for structuring, marketing, and…

Topic
  • Culturally Specific
  • Latinx
  • Support Groups
For Advocates & Preventionists
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June, 2016

The purpose of this Activity Guide is to increase comfort and flexibility for advocates working with child survivors of sexual assault and for prevention programs for young children. This guide is not intended to be an exhaustive list of activities or curriculum, rather a starting point to increase capacity to best work with children. The target age group for this installment is 5-12 years old.

Every agency needs to be able to provide adequate direct services to all survivors,…

Topic
  • CSA Prevention
  • Guides & Activities