A New Approach: Providing Services to Survivors of Sexual Abuse in Prison
“A New Approach: Providing Services to Survivors of Sexual Abuse in Prison” assists community service providers in responding effectively to sexual assault in prison. Participants will gain the practical skills needed both to develop services for prisoner rape survivors and to build lasting partnerships between rape crisis organizations and corrections agencies.
The session offers an overview of best practices for delivering services to incarcerated survivors. Among the issues that are reviewed are: the need for advocates to be present in prisons; overcoming common challenges to serving incarcerated survivors; and best practices for providing prisoners with rape crisis services, including hospital accompaniment, hotline support, and crisis intervention. To highlight the importance of collaboration, the webinar will feature a conversation between an advocate from the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center and a former warden about their model program to ensure services for sexual assault survivors at a large California prison.