The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape's Advocacy Skills Training is a one-day skill-building training for advocates. The design and content of this training are the direct result of statewide and national focus groups held to identify skills advocates must possess to effectively advocate for the needs of sexual assault survivors and training topics necessary to build skills. During the course of this training, participants will learn how to identify key players, use critical thinking skills and construct a convincing argument to accomplish their goals to advocate for an individual or group.

Download the course materials:
Final Core Competencies Curriculum (PDF)
Module One PPT 5.4 (PDF)
Module One PPT 5.4 (PPT)
Module Two PPT 5.2 (PDF)
Module Two PPT 5.2 (PPT)
Module Three PPT 5.4 (PDF)
Module Three PPT (5.4) (PPT)
 

In a brief guide WCSAP provides information, resources, and answers to common questions related to trauma-informed advocacy and systems collaboration. This resource calls for all systems to reflect on the ways a trauma survivor may experience the system or services provided and make informed changes based on this understanding.

Download Creating Trauma-Informed Services: A Guide for Sexual Assault Programs and Their System Partners.

This document provides a brief overview of vicarious trauma and how to take care of yourself when working to address sexual violence.

This resource was created using questions and comments from individuals in the anti-sexual violence movement. It addresses commonly asked questions related to language used when working with, reaching out to, and establishing affirming spaces for individuals who identify as LGBTQ. Responses and guidance were provided by practitioners working to further the LGBQT movements.

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This guide is a part of the Critical Issues in Policing Series and offers information and tools based on updated statistical findings on prevalence and incidence of sexual assault, changes in crime reporting definitions, special considerations in working with cases of sexual violence, and feedback from advocates on the benefits of incorporating external review.

See this publication.

This online resource collection offers information on the intersections of sexual violence and eating disorders. Recent research and practice efforts have shown links between sexual victimization during childhood or adolescence and developing an eating disorder.  To provide more informed services, people working in anti-violence movements can review the resources in this online resource collection on sexual violence, trauma, and eating disorders.

The collection includes four sections:

Eating Disorders & Sexual Violence Overview

Understanding Oppression: Eating Disorders & Sexual Violence

Prevention of Eating Disorders & Sexual Violence

General Information on Eating Disorders

Sexual assault is a most intimate crime, and when it happens in our most intimate sanctuaries—our homes—the trauma is devastating and difficult to escape. Healing from sexual violence can only happen on a foundation of safety and safety starts with home. In this paper, we will consider issues and advocacy related to emergency shelter and longer-term housing for sexual violence survivors.
 
See also, NSVRC Housing and Sexual Violence special collection.

This report offers evidence to demonstrate that incarcerating kids doesn't work: Youth prisons do not reduce future offending, they waste taxpayer dollars, and they frequently expose youth to dangerous and abusive conditions. The report also shows that many states have substantially reduced their juvenile correctional facility populations in recent years, and it finds that these states have seen no resulting increase in juvenile crime or violence. Finally, the report highlights successful reform efforts from several states and provides recommendations for how states can reduce juvenile incarceration rates and redesign their juvenile correction systems to better serve young people and the public.

View this report and related links.

The select resources and research in this special collection illustrates the LGBTIQ communities’ experiences with sexual violence within the US. Resources especially relevant to these individuals, as well as straight allies and professionals, address the issue of sexual violence in LGBTIQ communities, relationships, and the impact on society.

This Special Collection addresses sexual violence against military service members, defines Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and offers resources (including information on current policy, procedures, legislation, and litigation) to support the prevention of and response to sexual violence as it impacts service members and veterans in the United States.

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