Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2021

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2021 Webinars: Supporting Marginalized Survivors

Throughout April 2021, please join us for a Sexual Assault Awareness Month webinar series focused on building practical skills for supporting marginalized survivors. The webinar series is organized by the Family Violence Coordinating Council's Sexual Assault Advisory Committee, and each event will be live streamed on the Department of County Human Services Facebook page.

Link: DCHS Facebook Page

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Day 1: Accessing Medical Services for SA Survivors

April 7, 2021 from 5:00pm-6:30pm

This training discussed health care options for survivors, including medical care, forensic evidence collection, available financial resources, and privacy considerations. Below are some additional resources from the training:

Health Care Options For Survivors presentation slides (PDF) (5.33 MB)

SANE exam FAQs 2021 (PDF) (326 KB)

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Day 2: In the #Me Too Movement, What’s Your Role? Stopping Sexual Harassment and Violence in the Workplace

April 15, 2021 from 10:30am-12:00pm

This workshop discussed the law of sexual harassment, the duties and obligations of an employer, EEOC procedures and investigations, and what “first responders” like counselors, advocates, and medical professionals etc. play in documenting critical information to help a victim of harassment in their case against an employer. Below are some additional resources from the training:

EEOC Stopping Sexual Harassment and Violence in the Workplace presentation slides (PDF) (550.97 KB)

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Day 3: Screening and Creative Safety Planning for Supporting Survivors Who Trade Sex or are Experiencing Sex Trafficking

April 19, 2021 from 2:00pm-3:30pm

Presenters Saiya White and Kat Salas both hold lived experience in the Sex Trades as well as experience as Social Workers and community organizers. In this presentation, providers will learn how to adjust language and screening questions to better include those experiencing DV/ SA while in the Sex Trades. Providers will also continue to build creative safety planning skills around supporting survivors who are actively Trading Sex or being Trafficked and how to use trauma informed motivational interviewing when conducting an SSA with a Survivor of Sex Trafficking. Below are some additional resources from the training:

SAAC Supporting Survivors at the intersection of Sexual Assault and the Sex Trades presentation slides (PDF) (1.1 MB)

Supporting Survivors of SA in the Sex Trades (PDF) (85.4 KB)

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Day 4: The Prison Rape Elimination Act & Advocacy: Providing Support to Survivors of Sexual Abuse Behind Bars

April 27, 2021 from 10:00am-11:30am

This training will include insight into the dynamics of sexual abuse behind bars, including reflection on who is most affected by sexual violence while in custody. The training will also offer an understanding of the PREA standards and survivor rights to reporting options, medical care, and access to support. Finally, this training will focus on how advocates from community-based DV/SA or SA programs can best support incarcerated survivors and how that support has shifted because of the pandemic. Below are some additional resources from the training:

Prison Rape Elimination Act & Advocacy presentation slides (PDF) (1.6 MB)

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