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May, 2005

This edition of the "Research and Advocacy Digest" focuses on the issue of prison rape and sexual coercion behind bars. While hard data on sexual assaults in prison is sparse, most of us in society and within the anti-rape movement know that the rape, torture, brutality and sexual assault of inmates by other inmates and staff are part of the fabric of everyday prison life.

Topic
  • Incarcerated Survivors
PDF
November, 2004

The publication is organized into five sections in addition to the appendix:

  • Stakeholder Recruitment
  • Underlying Conditions
  • Needs Assessment
  • Development of the Community Plan
  • Evaluation

Each section consists of a brief overview of the supporting community development concept and a first person narrative from the facilitator of the community development process. It is our hope that information in this…

Topic
  • CSA Prevention
PDF
January, 2004

The purpose of this guide is to help a survivor or guardian of a child survivor understand the advantages and disadvantages of suing the perpetrator or other responsible parties in civil court. It is not legal advice and should not be substituted for the advice of an attorney. Consulting with an attorney can help a survivor determine what laws apply to their situation and what claims they may have against the perpetrator or other parties.

This guide was last updated in 2004, so…

Topic
  • Civil Legal System
PDF
May, 2003

Prevalence statistics consistently show a high incidence of sexual victimization among people with disabilities. In spite of this fact, people with disabilities are not significantly represented as clientele of traditional sexual assault delivery systems.

This issue of the "Research and Advocacy Digest" provides specific information about sexual violence within various communities of people with disabilities. Furthermore, this digest highlights resources that explore socio-political…

Topic
  • Disability
PDF
May, 2003

"Is feminism still valid?" is the question that became the basis of this issue of Connections. As we began to contemplate that question it came became clear that the question has always been, "Is feminism valid?" First wave feminism, the women's suffrage movement 1860-1920, was viewed as a radical doctrine, focused on dividing the genders. It was thought to be a construct of white, middle class, heterosexual, educated women. Second wave feminism, the women's liberation movement 1960 - 1982,…

Topic
  • Theory & Concepts
Using a Public Health Model
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January, 2003

Sexual violence can be viewed many ways. Some of the more common perspectives are mental health, criminal justice, medical, social and political. In the 1970’s the anti-rape movement clearly operated from a socio-political analysis of the issue. As service delivery structures were created our analysis expanded to accommodate the collaborations taking place in the criminal justice, mental health and medical systems.

Over the past decade there has been a push to incorporate the public…

Topic
  • Theory & Concepts
Linkages to Sexual Assault
PDF
March, 2002

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a complex issue. The diagnosis was first acknowledged as a disorder of individuals experiencing the extreme stress of combat situations.

PTSD has now become a term familiar to the general public as well as a common diagnosis. This issue attempts to provide an overview of recent research on PTSD, particularly those aspects most directly related to victims of sexual assault. 

Topic
  • Trauma
  • Therapy
PDF
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…

Topic
  • Strategies
WCSAP Webpage
May, 1015

At WCSAP, we receive a lot of questions from advocates about the "ins and outs" of mandated reporting. Although Washington's law about mandated reporting is pretty straightforward, it can feel much more complex in practice. Here are some quick answers (that do not constitute legal advice) to some of the recent questions we have received on this topic:

Q:
Do I need to report sexual abuse of a minor that is not committed by a parent or caregiver? What…
Topic
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Mandated Reporting
WCSAP Webpage

The criminal justice system is not the only way for survivors of sexual assault to get their legal needs met. Because most victims never report to the police, most sexual assault victims are never involved in the criminal justice system. However, survivors may still have many legal needs that arise from being sexually assaulted.

Some issues that survivors may be concerned about, but do not necessarily think of as legal issues, are things such as:

Topic
  • Civil Legal System
(2013)
External Website

WholeSomeBodies is a curriculum for adults who have children and youth in their lives. Includes a guide for facilitators and a participant workbook with activities and materials to support workshops that address topics such as:

  • etymology and circles of sexuality,
  • sensuality,
  • gender,
  • childhood messages,
  • body image, and
  • media awareness.

Additional material addresses how to have difficult…

Topic
  • CSA Prevention
  • Curriculums
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Healthy Sexuality
Advocacy Considerations
WCSAP Webpage

There is a great deal of information related to the responsibility of colleges and universities to protect students and address sexual violence on campus. This information can be overwhelming to advocates and survivors alike. As advocates, our role is to focus on empowerment and choice with survivors and to know where to find information and resources related to campus systems, rather than memorizing the depth of federal law and policy.

Advocacy & Confidentiality

Like…

Topic
  • Campus
(2013)
External Website

Agent of Change is an online game which allows users to choose their reactions, creating pathways and customizing situations to the specific questions and needs of the student. Agent of Change addresses many forms of violence, and includes diverse characters. Continuously updated with student pre- and post- test data.

Topic
  • Curriculums
  • Bystanders
  • Healthy Relationships
External Website

Intended to reduce instances of violence among diverse groups of youth by focusing on healthy relationship skills and bystander accountability. Developed and implemented in Los Angeles by Peace Over Violence.

Topic
  • Curriculums
  • Bystanders
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Root Causes
(2010)
External Website

Public awareness campaign created by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Encourages bystanders to intervene when they witness peers in dating or sexual violence situations. The posters address:

  • emotional abuse,
  • jealousy,
  • victim blaming,
  • isolation,
  • sexual assault,
  • sexual coercion, and
  • stalking.

Posters represent diversity of racial/ethnic backgrounds and both…

Topic
  • Curriculums
  • Bystanders
  • Healthy Relationships
(1998)
External Website

This 26-session curriculum, created by Paul Kivel and Allan Creighton, address:

  • gender norms,
  • power and control,
  • homophobia,
  • racism,
  • sexism, and
  • other factors that contribute to gender-based violence.

Young men are given tools to create healthy relationships through group discussions, activities, and videos.

The website provides facilitators with tips on how to incorporate into school…

Topic
  • Curriculums
  • Gender Specific
  • Healthy Relationships
Survivors of Sexual Assault & Harassment
WCSAP Webpage

Sexual violence is an endemic social problem in the U.S. The victim blaming attitudes of the civilian world often spill into military service, and those attitudes carry over into tours of duty. While the military has been in the spotlight for failing to support victims and respond to and prevent sexual assault, civilian criminal justice systems regularly and systematically fail victims too, and leaders in all forms of institutions fall short of adequately understanding and addressing the…

Topic
  • Military
(2007)
External Website

This guide (unCurriculum) was created by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Includes: Facilitator’s introduction and 6 units;

  1. Positive Personal Development,
  2. Addressing Teen Dating Violence,
  3. Addressing Sexual Harassment with Teens,
  4. Addressing Sexual Violence with Teens,
  5. Exploring Gender Sexuality and Power, and
  6. Promoting Healthy Relationships.
Topic
  • Curriculums
  • Healthy Relationships
WCSAP Webpage

Forms for Sexual Assault Programs

Limited Release of Information Forms - These forms were created by Julie Field, founder of The Confidentiality Institute and the Safety Net Project, National Network of Domestic Violence. (2008, last revised 2010). They can be downloaded and modified to include your agency information.

Topic
  • Management
(2015)
External Website

Liverespect is a 9-session curriculum from A Call to Men designed to help mentors educate and encourage young men to examine their attitudes and beliefs about masculinity.

Topic
  • Curriculums
  • Gender Specific
  • Healthy Relationships
(2010)
External Website

Safe Dates consists of a 10-session curriculum, play, parent materials, and posters.

Students discuss:

  • healthy relationships,
  • red flags,
  • helping friends,
  • gender stereotypes, and
  • sexual assault.

This is an evidence-based program that has had long-term outcomes measured in its effectiveness in preventing teen dating violence.

Part of the…

Topic
  • Curriculums
  • Healthy Relationships
WCSAP Webpage

The intent of these presentations is to provide a starting place or a template for your program when responding to requests, typically from schools, for basic information or awareness raising presentations. We have included the key points and best practice approaches to discussing the topic and expect you may customize some aspects of the slides to meet your community’…

Topic
  • Media Literacy & Technology
Intimate Partner Sexual Violence
WCSAP Webpage

A guide for developing tools to assess for sexual assault within the context of domestic violence1

  1. Rapport should be built with the victim before screening questions are asked.
  2. Questions should use specific language when referring to the crime. Words such as hurt, threatened, or forced should be clarified by the interviewer (i.e. did they hurt you vs. did they hit or push you).
  3. Due to rape myths, some victims of intimate…
Topic
  • IPSV
WCSAP Webpage

Service providers generally view sexual assault victims in rural areas as an underserved population, mostly because of a well-recognized, low rate of reporting and because of the often dispersed nature of services. Rural populations are often marginalized from mainstream power structures, which hold more opportunities for assistance, services, and resources.

Barriers for survivors in rural areas include:

  • survivor isolation from services
Topic
  • Rural Communities
WCSAP Webpage

Washington State law includes sex offenses and other related crimes, as well as benefits and protections for victims. The following list is adapted from the Sexual Violence Law Center:

Sex Offenses

Topic
  • Criminal Justice Process