Engaging Latin@s for Sexual Violence Prevention

  • Ever wondered how to upgrade your agency’s current outreach to engage Hispanic/Latin@ communities as active agents of change?  This presentation and discussion will offer practical information about tested practices to enhance Hispanic/Latin@ community participation. Beyond language, confianza (trust) and respetuo mutuo (mutual respect) are key for building lasting partnerships with Hispanic/Latin@ populations. Minimal standards for Spanish language translations and bilingual programming, the powerful role of promotoras / community health workers, as well as how to raise awareness about the sexual violence and existing services through pláticas will be covered. According to the Sexual Assault Among Latinas Study (SALAS) published in 2010, Latina victims of sexual violence are also likely to suffer poly-victimization. While some Latina survivors may be aware of existing domestic violence programs, for those who have also suffered sexual violence their victimization may go undetected unless a concerted effort is made by victim advocates to address specific sexual victimization issues in a culturally relevant manner.  The second part of this session will offer specific actions and program ideas to address the underreporting of sexual violence among Latina survivors.

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