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Language Access for English Speakers

When we speak on language access, many people automatically assume there must be a non-English language involved. This is incorrect.  For English speakers, the literacy rate for adults across the U.S. averages 88%. This means there is a larger population of people who are unable to access the key takeaways from vital content like safety instructions, resource lists, and shelter applications.

JL Heinze Wed, 10/25/2023

Accent Bias

There are more than 350 languages spoken in the United States other than English, spoken by one in five Americans. 75% of all English speakers in the world are non-native speakers.  And yet, despite how common non-English and English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers are and the foundation of the United States as an immigrant nation, significant discrimination exists and pervades.

Culture and Language Access

Language is not just words- it’s also culture. Concerns of access don’t encompass linguistic understanding only, but must also include awareness of the social norms within a community that may create unique issues or barriers. When we assume that all groups of people experience and heal from harm in the same way, it not only excludes specific demographics of people but also affirms racist ideas that white, western, mainstream culture are universal.

Visualizing National Data

According to the U.S. Census, over 22 million people living in the United States speak a language other than English at home.

JL Heinze Wed, 10/25/2023
Resources on Language Access

JL Heinze Tue, 10/24/2023
Connecting the Dots Between Health Equity and Anti-Oppression Work: Strengths and Challenges in the Rape Prevention and Education Program NSVRC Wed, 10/18/2023

This brief provides information on how Rape Prevention and Education funded programs connect the dots between health equity and anti-oppression work.

New NISVS Data on Sexual Violence and Sexual Identity: Key Findings and Prevention Recommendations Jennifer Benne… Tue, 10/10/2023

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released a new report, The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2016/2017 Report on Victimization by Sexual Identity.