Sexual violence deeply affects so many areas of our lives: health, spirituality, emotions, sexuality, and relationships. These are areas of hurt and areas where we can focus our healing services. Advocacy is about helping survivors find their path to healing from trauma and that goal can only be achieved by supporting the whole person. The resources below will help your program envision healing services for survivors of sexual violence.
How Does Cultural Appropriation Affect Rural Sexual Assault Services?, Resource Sharing Project
This quick resource links to resources on holistic healing, define cultural appropriation and cultural assimilation, and suggests ways our programs can incorporate holistic healing without being disrespectful.
Holistic Healing Services for Survivors, Resource Sharing Project
This resource looks at approaches to community collaboration and funding as well as providing examples from the field and information about a variety of specific holistic healing modalities. The research addendum offers further support for programs and administrators seeking to provide or augment these services.
Throw Away the Menu, Resource Sharing Project
This resource recommends dual/multi-service programs reconsider the concept of advocacy to be more responsive to the diverse and wide-ranging needs of survivors of sexual violence, and re-envision advocacy to expand beyond the care and support provided on helplines, in courtrooms, or hospitals, to also include the critical long-term emotional support survivors need in a range of contexts as they heal.
Holistic Healing After Sexual Violence, The Breathe Network
In this enlightening blog post we hear from Molly Boeder Harris, the Founder and Executive Director of the Breathe Network, about her own experiences exploring and providing holistic services for sexual violence survivors.
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.
This is a resource for people working to heal and transform trauma in organizations, communities and society. The report includes: trauma theory, Capacitar research, outcomes, case studies from 5 countries and 10 program applications.