Advocacy programs have a responsibility to prioritize sexual violence services for the most marginalized and oppressed survivors in rural communities. Learning about marginalized communities should not be seen as “extra” or an “add-on,” but instead essential to the mission of the program. The resources below will help your program learn more about providing services to specific marginalized communities present in your rural community. All of the resources here are cross-listed into other topics present in the toolkit.
Building Meaningful Partnerships: Supporting Native Survivors in Rural Communities, Resource Sharing Project
To support Native survivors in our rural communities we need to work in close partnership with tribal communities. Only when we work in collaboration with tribal communities are we able to find the most culturally appropriate ways to serve Native survivors. This resource addresses the history of oppression experienced by native people, allyship to Native communities, and creating relationships with tribal communities.
Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Rural Sexual Violence Survivors, Resource Sharing Project
This guide is intended for programs and coalitions hoping to explore ways to open up their services to LGBTQ sexual violence survivors in their communities. Included in this whitepaper is a several page guide to LGBTQ terminology and a list of other LGBTQ resources for sexual assault service providers.
Cultivating Inclusive Practices: Working with Rural Immigrant and Refugee Communities, Resource Sharing Project
To explore the needs of all immigrant and refugee survivors, this paper presents the experiences of immigrants from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Join us as we explore these communities through the eyes of culturally specific statewide agencies in Iowa serving immigrant and refugee survivors of sexual violence. You will learn about the innovative approaches these programs use when working with the immigrant and refugee communities. These same approaches can be applied to mainstream programs in an effort to expand sexual violence services nationwide.
Eight Step Advocacy Plan for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Survivors of Sexual Assault, Resource Sharing Project
This guide is intended for rural sexual assault advocates searching for concrete information on how to work with Deaf and hard of hearing sexual assault survivors. Deaf survivors of sexual assault face numerous obstacles, such as isolation, stereotyping, and lack of anonymity in accessing all kinds of services in rural communities. The steps in this guide will direct you towards providing Deaf sexual assault survivors with trauma-informed and culturally appropriate services, assist you in identifying accommodations in services and changes in technology, and encourage you to reach out to Deaf sexual assault survivors in your community.
Serving Sexual violence Survivors with Disabilities, Resource Sharing Project
To enhance access to sexual assault services for victims with all types of disabilities in rural dual/multi-service advocacy agencies, attention must be paid to our policies, outreach, welcoming environments, ensuring access, attitudinal access, communication access, collaboration, training, and sustainability. Each of these strategies are addressed with an emphasis on practical application.
Anti-Racism is Fundamental to Sexual Assault Services, Resource Sharing Project
This conversation with three OVW Technical Assistance Providers reflects on how to both personally and organizationally, regularly build new skills in order to build new practices that are embedded with a deep commitment to unlearning and disrupting all forms of oppression—and very specifically racism in order to enhance our sexual assault services to survivors.
Maturing Your Services: Advocating for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Later Life, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This interactive online course is designed to increase advocates’ and other victim service professionals’ capacity for serving victims of sexual violence in later life. Considerations for serving older adult victims are explored in three sections--social, physical, and emotional factors-- with opportunities to practice and reflect upon the information.
This guide includes information about the prevalence of sexual violence against transgender/gender non-conforming individuals; lists common long- and short-term responses to trauma; addresses the question of whether there is a relationship between sexual assault and gender identity issues; discusses issues associated with WPATH Standards of Care and Informed Consent models as they relate to sexual assault survivors and how their gender identity issues are assessed; describes the typical set of services available to sexual violence survivors in their own communities, including how transgender survivors can advocate for their inclusion and/or respectful treatment within such services; provides recommended reading and resource lists of self-help books, websites, and listservs, with annotations describing how well they address transgender survivors and SOFFAs and their issues; and gives quotations from other transgender sexual violence survivors.
Sexual Violence Against Farmworkers: A Guidebook for Social Service Providers, Victim Rights Law Center
The goal of this guidebook is to increase the knowledge and skills of social service providers so they can better serve farmworkers who have experienced sexual violence. It provides helpful explanations about the life and work of farmworkers as well as unique issues that may impact the services you provide. Each section presents a distinct topic, concluding with questions designed to engage you in better assisting farmworker victims of sexual violence in your community.
Fuerza Unida: An Approach for Engaging Communities, National Latin@ Network
Fuerza Unida is a community engagement process developed by Casa de Esperanza. This manual gives you both the philosophy and the tangible information to implement a similar process in your community.
Trauma Informed Principles through a Culturally Specific Lens, National Latin@ Network
This resource was developed by the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza. The content of this resource is primarily intended for community-based organizations and seeks to provide practitioners with accessible language to describe the trauma-informed/culturally specific overlap of their work.
This resource is a planning toolkit which provides resources and support to build language access as a core service for survivors with limited English proficiency.
Multilingual advocates working with sexual assault survivors can feel isolated and overwhelmed in rural areas where they may be the only one able to provide appropriate services. This interactive webinar, hosted by Elizabeth Balcarcel and guest presenter Maria Jirau-Torres from NSVRC, outlines how agencies can support rural multilingual advocates, provide ideas for self-care strategies for multilingual advocates, and provide an opportunity for rural multilingual advocates to seek support with one another.
Rural communities have a much higher percentage of older adults than urban communities. Are you curious why they aren’t walking in your doors asking for services? Your program is not alone. Sexual violence does happen to older adults and not surprisingly there are barriers for those survivors in seeking services. Join Leah Green from the Resource Sharing Project to learn more about how to support older adult survivors in rural communities. Topics include risk factors, accessibility, communication, and why rural communities are poised to help this vulnerable population.
In rural communities many barriers exist for sexual violence survivors who have physical or cognitive disabilities. A lack of nearby services and resources, confidentiality and privacy challenges, and inadequate transportation systems all contribute to the obstacles these survivors may face in seeking supportive and healing services. Join Shirley Paceley from Blue Tower Training and Leah Green as they discuss how rural advocacy programs can best support sexual violence survivors with disabilities.
This webinar, based on the paper of the same name, focuses on how English speaking advocates and leadership can support multilingual and bicultural advocates. This interactive webinar is facilitated by Elizabeth Balcarcel and Leah Green. Participants learn about the role of multilingual and bicultural advocates and the self-care needs of multilingual advocates. This webinar also provides an opportunity for rural multilingual advocates to seek support with one another.
One in six males are survivors of sexual violence, however historically this has been an underserved community for dual/multi-service agencies. This webinar, with guest presenter Eric Stiles from NSVRC, addresses creating inclusive spaces for male survivors from a trauma informed lens by looking at policies, language, and internal culture.
It’s My Prerogative: Consent and Healthy Sexuality for People with Disabilities, End Abuse of People with Disabilities
This webinar reviews the need for sexuality education for people with disabilities, issues around consent to sex for people with disabilities, how to talk to people with disabilities about consent, and resources for discussing sexuality with people with disabilities with the ultimate goal of promoting safe and autonomous sexual relationships.
Nothing About Us Without Us: Centering the Movement Around Self-Advocates, End Abuse of People with Disabilities
This webinar provides an overview of how to facilitate the effective participation of self-advocates at the intersection of violence and disability as well as some of the benefits of ensuring that the movement is centered around their lived experiences
One Size Does Not Fit All: Serving Culturally Diverse Survivors with Disabilities, End Abuse of People with Disabilities
Victims of sexual or domestic violence come from every race, ethnicity, and background imaginable. One of the most challenging aspects of serving survivors is ensuring that you are providing culturally competent services to all, no matter what their background. This webinar explores the complicated goal of providing culturally specific services to survivors with disabilities.
Responding to Survivors with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview for Sexual Assault Advocates, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This guide was developed for sexual assault advocates who may work with a survivor with autism. It is a brief primer on autism, how persons who have autism may respond to a traumatic event and the importance of working with disability providers in a collaborative fashion. There are resource lists for advocates as well as organizational tools designed to assist programs who want to better serve the disability communities.