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Agents of Primary Prevention
January, 2011

The bystander approach is an encouraging prevention strategy that uses positive messaging and sustainable techniques. This approach removes the pressure we feel to single-handedly create social change through a one-time presentation. Working with bystanders focuses on building skills, developing meaningful relationships, and fostering community ownership. This prevention method takes the responsibility off the educator or advocate and shifts it to the community. Every person has the ability…

June, 2012

In this issue of "Partners in Social Change," we examine some of the programs, approaches, and resources that exist for sexual violence prevention on campuses. Much of what is happening across campuses and being promoted at the national level is designed to raise awareness that sexual violence is happening, reduce risks for potential victims, improve services and response to victims, and potentially stop isolated incidences of violence. We begin by reviewing considerations and resources.…

Schools & Campus
June, 2016

Campus sexual assault is an increasing focus area in the media, legislature and in communities across the nation. Sexual assault programs throughout Washington State are well-situated to share their expertise, as communities work to build a survivor-centered campus response. Many programs are prioritizing work in this area because the increased focus means there is increased momentum in their communities to address campus sexual violence. This year WCSAP conducted a survey to learn what is…

Campus, Schools & Campus
External Website

The Leeds, Grenville, & Lanmark District Health Unit created a health-based curriculum for children that emphasize healthy sexuality education as an important aspect of child sexual abuse prevention. Each unit teaches and reinforces 2 to 4 simple, age-appropriate messages via a circle time, a song, a book, and an activity or craft.

Six-unit curriculum:

  1. bodies,
  2. babies,
  3. feelings,
  4. touching,
  5. bedtime, and
  6. secrets/…
CSA Prevention, Curriculums, Healthy Sexuality
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2013

Prevention requires building lasting, meaningful relationships with your community. The below list, taken from Community Building: What Makes It Work, describes some of the key skills required in facilitators.

Understanding the Community
Successful community building efforts tend to have organizers who have a thorough understanding of the culture, social structure, demographics, political structure, and issues in the community.
Program Design
February, 2012

This issue of the Digest focuses on research about children and teens that have come into contact with the criminal justice system because they are victims of crime. We know that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. When these crimes are reported, those individuals typically become involved with the criminal justice system.

As advocates, we recognize that the justice system can be complex, confusing, and often unpredictable. These concerns…

Child Sexual Abuse, Incarcerated Survivors
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2015

I recently read a comment from a child advocate that speaks to the core of why advocacy is such an important service for young survivors of sexual abuse in our communities: "I've been working for decades now with children who have experienced significant harm. Each of them expected nothing more or less from life than what they'd experienced." Ultimately, our goal in child advocacy is to help young people envision and pursue a life that is more than and different from the trauma they have…

Child Sexual Abuse
Sexually Victimized Children
January, 1979

Based on a large-scale survey and in light of demographic and cultural factors, the author examines why children are sexually victimized, the sources of trauma, differences between reported and unreported cases of assault, possible increases in sexual victimization, and the experiences of abused children.

  1. Child Sexual Abuse
  2. Theory
  3. Research
  4. Psychology
  5. Psychotherapy
  6. Developmental
  7. Adolescent
  8. Couples & Family…
Child Sexual Abuse, CSA Prevention
A Parents Guide to the Understanding and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
January, 1992

A Parents Guide to the Understanding and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. Introduction; The Myths; Profile: the Pedophile; Incest; Recognition; Medical Concerns; Legal Issues; Recovery; Prevention; Resources; Looking Ahead;

  1. Prevention
  2. Child Abuse
  3. Child Sexual Abuse
  • Author: WCSAP, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
  • Publisher: WCSAP, 1992
Parents & Caregivers, CSA Prevention
A Guide for Parents of Young Sex Offenders
January, 1987
  1. Therapy/Treatment
  2. Offenders Juvenile
  • Author: Gil, Eliana.
  • Publisher: Launch Press, 1987.
Parents & Caregivers, Sex Offender Management, CSA Prevention

1979 — 2019

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