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June, 2019

For this edition of Partners in Social Change, we reached out to several preventionists in the state and asked them to share their successful experiences implementing prevention. In this issue you will find three program highlights:

  • The Prevention Department of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center shares some key strategies in their efforts to implement prevention programming in Seattle area schools.
  • The Oasis Youth Center in Tacoma shares their process as…
Topic
  • Program Design
The Unchecked Discriminatory Practice in our Movement
WCSAP Webpage
June, 2019

Within our non-profit world there is an underlying burden that we place on our teams as it relates to navigating financial controls in work-related spaces. Our structures almost always emulate, favor and support the structures and professionalism of white supremacy. This is severely problematic in that it does not encompass and champion everyone through an anti-oppressive lens. As a result the following issues often remain unchecked when financial operations are left solely to one individual…

Topic
  • Supervision
How to Navigate K-12 School Systems in Washington State
Webinar
June, 2019

In this webinar, we explore the links between state learning standards and risk factors and discuss how Comprehensive Sex Education standards address cultural and social norms that contribute to sexual violence. Hands-on work with state standards will increase the ability of educators/prevention specialists to provide relevant school-based education and work effectively with schools. This webinar concludes with tactics organizations can utilize to increase their engagement with students and…

Topic
  • Healthy Sexuality
  • Schools & Campus
with an Anti-Oppressive Lens
PDF
June, 2019

The Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACEs) is a longitudinal study; a research method in which the data was gathered about ACEs over a long period of time. This study also serves as an ongoing tool for measuring the relationship between early life trauma and later life health and wellbeing. This Advocacy Station explores the survey and research findings of the original Kaiser-CDC study.

We will also examine the ways in which the study has been useful to our understanding of early…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
The Advocacy Station
PDF
June, 2019

Today, as we find ourselves within the #MeToo cultural shift, we are faced with an unprecedented level of public and private dialogue and disclosures of sexual assault. It can be overwhelming to interact with this additional layer of discussion of sexual violence as people who work with survivors on a daily basis. Rooting ourselves in and reaffirming the philosophy of survivor-centered and individualized advocacy can be a helpful way to navigate this climate.

Simply put, we believe…

Topic
  • Legal Advocacy
A Primary Prevention 101 Activity
PDF
June, 2019

This Prevention Discussion and Activity Guide takes a critical look at the "Moving Upstream" analogy, which is often used to explain Primary Prevention. It's an incredibly useful way to explain the rationale behind primary prevention, but it does not comprehensively address the systemic issues that underlie sexual violence. This activity was developed by Collin Veenstra, founder and director of Peer Education Empowerment League in Tacoma, and it provides an alternative approach that…

Topic
  • Guides & Activities
Living in a Culture of Power, Control, and Violence
WCSAP Webpage
June, 2019

When we log in to social media platforms or check the news, we are less and less surprised, albeit grief stricken, when we read about school shootings. The cumulative effect of school shootings in the United States has been staggering. We know the names of communities such as Highlands Ranch, Parklands, Sandy Hook, and Virginia Tech, due to the impact of school shootings in these places. Children and young people are disproportionately impacted by school shootings across our nation. As a…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
and Practicing Trauma-Informed Advocacy
PDF
June, 2019

As advocates in the field of anti-violence who practice from an anti-oppression lens, we regularly encounter information about the impact of trauma. Increasingly, our advocacy-based counseling is informed by what Science tells us about the ‘neurobiology of trauma.’ This includes information about how trauma manifests and impacts the body and mind. This Advocacy Station examines the effect of trauma with particular focus on how it impacts and manifests in young people and children.…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
What is it?
External Website
May, 2019

WCSAP was contacted by a survivor who has been working with attorneys, advocates, and academics to raise awareness and bring an end to a traumatic practice referred to as ‘court-ordered rape,’ or invasive gynecological exams that survivors of sexual assault are ordered to endure in the course of proceedings against their perpetrators.

Topic
  • Legal Advocacy
Shared Language for Advocacy
WCSAP Webpage
April, 2019

Shared Language

Commercial sexual exploitation of children, or human trafficking, is when a commercial sex act is exchanged for something of value with a minor, and/or when force, fraud, or coercion are present. The legal and cultural language around what we refer to as “commercial sexual exploitation” has evolved over time. We’ve shifted the use of our language to match our current understanding of the power dynamics, legalities, and the lived experience of young people that…

Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse