Youth who experience sexual violence deserve our advocacy services and support. Children and teens are resilient, creative, and capable of healing. The resources below will help you strengthen your advocacy skills when working with minors and help your program create strong advocacy services with children and youth in mind.
Working with Teen Survivors of Sexual Violence, Resource Sharing Project
Adolescence is a complicated and often chaotic time of life. Adolescence is also one of the most vulnerable periods in life for sexual violence: most sexual violence occurs before the survivor’s eighteenth birthday. Teens are resilient and creative, however. Working with teen survivors of sexual violence is complicated, but can bring new inspiration to our work as we witness the courage of teen survivors as they move through healing.
Tip Sheet on Teen Survivors and Parents/Guardians, Resource Sharing Project
For many rural advocates, supporting teens is some of the most intimidating and confusing work they do. To support teen sexual violence survivors, advocates have to be able to work with and support their non-offending parents/guardians, as well as navigate different systems. It’s a lot to manage. The tools and ideas presented here help rural advocates welcome parents/guardians into advocacy services for themselves and navigate the boundaries necessary to provide empowering advocacy to the whole family.
No Safe Place: Sexual Violence in the Juvenile Justice System, Just Detention International
This brief resource from Just Detention International addresses the link between juvenile detention and sexual abuse. Included in the resource are tips for advocates, statistics on sexual violence in detention, and information about the Prison Rape Elimination Act as it pertains to minors.
How do I Talk about the Violence I Experienced?, Victim Rights Law Center
This guide helps young survivors and their caretakers understand how to define their experiences, how schools can do to help, locating a local program and more.
Mandatory Reporting of Non-Accidental Injuries: A State-by-State Guide, Victim Rights Law Center
Every U.S. state and territory has a law mandating certain (or sometimes all) individuals to report child abuse. Nearly every jurisdiction also requires reporting, under certain circumstances, the abuse of elders and/or vulnerable adults. In this guide each U.S. state and territory is listed along with the full text of any applicable mandatory reporting statutes included are any statutory exceptions made for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
Ending Child Sexual Abuse: A Transformative Justice Handbook, Generation Five
This handbook draws on a decade of learning and is designed to be of practical use to family members and people in our intimate networks, to teachers, community leaders, health and mental health practitioners, and to anyone seeking to address the child sexual abuse in their lives and in the lives of those around them. Transformative Justice is a pathway towards that future. A path which asks us to take responsibility for creating the conditions that will prevent child sexual abuse from continuing. It begins with the acknowledgment that we have the capacity— individually and collectively—to reflect on the world we want, and to align our behavior and our choices with that vision.
Teen Support Group Guide, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
This Guide expands upon the Circle of Hope curriculum within the specific context of groups for teen sexual abuse and assault survivors, and is intended to be used in conjunction with it. In this guide are extensive practical considerations for working with teens that informs your use of the eight-week sample curriculum.
Serving Teen Survivors: A Manual for Advocates, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This manual provides a brief overview on the unique issues young people who are sexual violence survivors face. Also included are tip sheets on working with teen survivors, information on confidentiality and mandated reporting laws, information on the teen brain, an annotated bibliography of recent research, and more.
Considering Family Reconnection and Reunification after Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Road Map for Advocates and Service Providers, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This guide is written for sexual assault program advocates working with families who are considering reunification with someone who has sexually offended. It provides an overview of the reunification process and how to navigate the process of clarification, reconnection, and reunification.
The Advocate’s Guide: Working with Parents of Children Who Have Been Sexually Assaulted, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This guide is designed for sexual assault program advocates working with non-offending parents and/or caregivers of children who have experienced sexual assault. The suggestions and strategies are intended for use with children under the age of 13.
Linking the Roads: Working with Youth Who Experience Homelessness & Sexual Violence, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This guide focuses on adapting advocacy skills to help young people who experience homelessness and sexual violence build resiliency and lessen their traumas. It has three aims: (a) to provide an overview for the intersections between identity, trauma experiences, and resiliency among youth who are homeless; (b) to highlight core skills and techniques for advocates; and (c) to discuss how to tailor these skills in order to improve services for youth who identify as LGBTQ.
Strategies for Becoming an Adult Ally, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This guide intended for adults and organizations will help your program challenge adultism and support young people in the community.
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Teen Talk is a Youth Health Education Program. Teen Talk provides services for youth from a harm reduction, prevention education perspective. They focus on issues under the broad topics of sexual and mental health and link youth to resources in their community. Teen Talk adheres to the belief that by providing youth with accurate, non-judgmental information they can make healthier decisions and choices for themselves.
Teens are at a much higher risk of sexual violence than adult members of the community yet often are the least empowered to seek the services they need. This rural webinar provides an opportunity for rural advocacy agencies to come together and learn about best practices in support teen sexual assault survivors. Topics include outreach to rural teens, accommodations in services, holistic practices, and working with the parents and guardians of teen survivors.