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Educators play a unique role supporting students who have suffered sexual abuse. This section provides information and resources to foster a safe and inclusive learning environment for students during their healing process.
It is important for educators to be aware of the prevalence of sexual abuse among children, what constitutes sexual abuse, and who is affected. Learn about childhood sexual abuse here.
Resources specific to sexual abuse play an instrumental role in encouraging healing for child survivors and their supportive family members. Utilize Healing Out Loud CSA's resource libraries here.
Student survivors of sexual abuse deserve a safe learning environment. Properly identifying potential triggers and addressing each are important steps in ensuring an inclusive school experience.
Healing from childhood sexual abuse requires the support of trained professionals. Utilize these directories of professionals who specialize in helping children heal & assisting survivors' families.
Many student survivors of sexual abuse suffer from other health impairments which may affect their learning abilities. Learn how to support these students through individualized plans.
Sexual abuse is difficult to talk about, but no student should feel ashamed about what happened to them. Communicate your school's support through social media and on the school's website!
Educators are legally bound by multiple laws when working with a student who is, or is suspected to be, a survivor of sexual violence. Utilize these response guidelines as a template for your school's response policies.
By: Melody Barton
Published by Academic Temple
By: Carolyn Stone, Ed.D
Published by ASCA School Counselor
Published by ACLU
An Educators' Guide to Appropriate Response and Support
Published by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Published by Break the Cycle
Published by Frontiers in Psychology
Published by Know Your IX
Published by US Department of Health and Human Services
Published by It Starts With Us NM
Advice from an advocate for survivors of sexual assault.
By: Kathryn Stamoulis, Ph.D.
Published by Psychology Today
Published by Bright Hub Education
Published by National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Schools must improve how they acknowledge and address sexual violence against their students.
By: Amy Leipziger
Published by Education Week
This guidance from experts at the National Association of School Psychologists can help educators respond if a student discloses abuse or assault.
By: Cory Collins
Published by Learning For Justice
Sexual Development & Behavior in K-12 Students, including Incorporating Intervention Strategies, Elementary School Rules & Expectations, Middle & High School Sexual Behavior Rules, and Supervision Plans.
Published by Virtual Lab School
Published by National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Published by Helping Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault
Published by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect
By: Stephanie Frieze
Published by BU Journal of Graduate Studies in Education