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WCSAP Webpage
April, 2016

Washington State has 37 accredited community based advocacy agencies serving each county, as well as many community based by and for community specific advocacy agencies. Some counties also have system based advocacy; many ask why have both and what are the differences? It is crucial for system partners, advocates and communities to understand the importance of the differences, and it is our role as community based sexual assault advocacy agencies to be able to clearly communicate this to…

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Program Provision, Theory & Concepts
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January, 1999

Community development and social change strategies - something new? As the old song lyric says, "Everything old is new again."

When the state Sexual Assault Prevention Advisory Committee was convened by the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy in 1997 to explore and discuss sexual assault prevention approaches, it was a committee representative of the entire sexual assault prevention community. There were key representatives from the Department of Health, from the Office of the…

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Strategies
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June, 2007

Over the past decade, community sexual assault programs, community activists, social service providers and community members, in addition to the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs and its funding partners, have engaged in the process of being that "small group of thoughtful and committed citizen" seeking to change our world. This issue contains the stories of three of those communities and the challenges and successes along the way.

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Theory & Concepts
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2018

Why Work on the Community Level?

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…

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Strategies
WCSAP Webpage
February, 2013

Communities have varying levels of readiness in regards to different issues. Choosing a community with a high degree of readiness to engage in sexual violence prevention will optimize your chances for success. If you choose a community with low readiness, it is likely to be frustrating in addition not creating change. Communities with low and medium levels of readiness are better suited for information/awareness and skill building activities.

Conducting a readiness assessment can…

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Strategies
Building Connections and Affecting Change
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June, 2017

The articles in this issue of "PISC" provide several examples of programming that is driven by those in the community. While the programs utilize slightly different approaches and activities, there is a central theme of flexibility in the way these programs have worked with stakeholders. Some of the stories you will read are about groups just beginning their journey of social change while others describe more long-standing community approaches. Some stories describe the use of specific…

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Planning, Strategies, Program Design
Lutheran Community Services Northwest and Gonzaga University
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November, 2016

With the spotlight on campus sexual violence, community sexual assault programs are in a unique position to deepen partnerships with college campuses. Although each program and campus will have different needs depending on many factors, we present this paper from one community that highlights the perspective of student activists, campus administrators and a community sexual assault program as a framework that programs can use to approach work with their local campuses. Included in this…

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Campus, Schools & Campus
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…

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Healthy Sexuality, Schools & Campus
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in WA Department of Corrections facilities
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December, 2013

The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) operates a Sexual Assault Support and Information hotline for people who are incarcerated in Washington State Department of Corrections facilities, and need confidential support related to sexual assault. Calls to this hotline are not recorded, and an incarcerated person is not required to enter their identification number to access it. This service is not limited to support for a sexual assault that happened to them, or that happened while they…

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Incarcerated Survivors
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WCSAP Webpage
March, 2016

The Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC) has recently released two free resources that should be helpful to community sexual assault program managers:

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Confidentiality & Privilege, Management

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