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Rabietas: Cómo Enfrentarse a una Crisis

In Advocacy, Hispanic/Latino on April 30, 2012 at 5:00 am

La mayoría de los padres han tenido que enfrentarse con pequeños cansados, enojados, chillones y gritones en el medio de una crisis. A veces ocurre en lugares públicos, lo que expone al mundo entero cómo somos como padres. La verdad del asunto es que las rabietas o berrinches son normales y típicas entre los dos y los cuatro años. Para recibir algunos consejos sobre cómo reaccionar ante una rabieta y para saber por qué ocurren, AOK habló con el Dr. Richard Gallagher, director del Parenting Institute del NYU Child Study Center.

¿Por qué ocurren las rabietas a estas edades?
Los niños pequeños no son muy buenos para modular sus emociones. No tienen el mismo control que los niños más grandes. Un niño de entre dos y cuatro años trata de entender el mundo que lo rodea, pero las cosas no siempre salen como él quisiera. Una rabieta es una forma de expresar su frustración. Las rabietas son comunes en este momento en que los niños están aprendiendo a usar el lenguaje, y a pesar de que los niños de entre dos y cuatro años entienden bastante de lo que escuchan, no siempre pueden utilizar el lenguaje para expresar sus necesidades o emociones. Un niño de entre dos y cuatro años está también probando distintas formas de establecer sus capacidades, diciendo “yo puedo hacerlo”. Cuando esto no resulta cierto puede tener una rabieta. Por último, los niños de estas edades están probando distintos cursos de acción para resolver los problemas a los que se enfrentan. Desde la perspectiva del niño, las rabietas pueden ser a veces un medio para resolver una situación. Si el adulto reacciona de determinada manera, a veces la rabieta funciona.

Los niños más grandes, ¿tienen rabietas?
A menudo los niños más grandes también tienen rabietas. En un ataque de enojo, los niños más grandes recurrirán a veces a la rabieta para salirse con la suya o para expresar su enojo mientras causan, intencionalmente, malestar en la persona que los ha hecho sentirse frustrados. Las protestas de los niños en edad escolar, el que los preadolescentes contesten mal y que los adolescentes hagan una minihuelga después de una escena pueden todas considerarse rabietas.

¿Qué pueden hacer los padres en medio de una crisis?
Estos son tres pasos que puede seguir:

  1. Manténgase calmado. Dé lugar a las emociones del niño (frustración, aburrimiento, cansancio) sin mucha discusión y diga algo como “dime con tus palabras qué te molesta y tratemos de solucionarlo” o “sé que estás enojado y quieres irte, pero me gustaría que esperaras unos minutos más”. Esto suena muy simple, pero es importante que el niño sepa que usted quiere solucionar el asunto razonablemente, cuáles son sus expectativas y qué quiere que haga. Para los niños más pequeños, tenga siempre alguna forma de distracción a mano para evitar las rabietas. Si el niño se calma cuando usted se lo pide, déle algún premio que puede ser una sorpresa, como un juguete del bolsillo o monedero que él no sabía que usted tenía.
  2. El paso número dos es difícil, pero no le preste a la rabieta más atención de la que se le da en el paso uno. Obviamente usted no quiere que el niño aprenda que esta es una buena manera de lograr su atención. Regañarlo o gritarle para calmarlo no funcionará, y usted puede sentir que está teniendo una rabieta también. Recuerde, los padres son modelos de buen comportamiento.
  3. Tercero, a veces simplemente hay que dejarlo pasar. Si el caos empezó porque el niño quiere algo de alguna tienda y usted dijo “no”, ignore la rabieta por completo. Prepárese para sentirse avergonzado: vale la pena. Rendirse valida el mal comportamiento. Dése cuenta de que no puede perseverar siempre, y eso está bien.

¿Cómo puedo evitar una rabieta?
Las rabietas son signos de frustración, de que un niño no puede hacer algo cómodamente. Conozca el nivel de tolerancia de su hijo y trate de no forzarlo más allá de lo que es capaz de hacer. Los niveles de tolerancia varían. Puede que el niño tolere una situación un día y otro día, no. Trate de identificar qué situaciones desatan las rabietas y reviértalas.

Recuerde premiar el buen comportamiento: “Te portaste muy bien hoy cuando tuvimos que hacer la cola en el correo”. Piense si su hijo estará haciendo esto porque no recibe suficiente atención; hasta la atención negativa es mejor que nada.

Déle al niño control sobre pequeñas decisiones, para que sienta que puede elegir. Hágale ofertas como: “¿quieres que te leamos un cuento antes o después de que te pongas el pijama?”

Hágale al niño una advertencia antes de que termine una actividad, esto le dará la oportunidad de reacomodarse.

Luego de que todos se hayan calmado y las cosas vuelvan a la normalidad, abrácense.

Si las rabietas son más frecuentes que una vez por semana aproximadamente y no disminuyen a medida que el niño crece, debería considerar buscar ayuda profesional.

RCASA Volunteer Corner: No Means No!

In Education, Volunteer on April 29, 2012 at 5:00 am

No means No

I’m not sure, means NO

Not right now, means NO

I’m tired right now, means NO

Silence, means NO

Stop means NO

Staying Still means NO

Anything but consent means NO.

Feel free to share with friends, make sure to link back to RCASA!!

RCASA Saturday with Case Management: The Promise for Trauma-focused Therapy for Childhood Sexual Abuse

In Case Management, Sexual Assault Awareness on April 28, 2012 at 5:00 am

The Promise of Trauma-focused Therapy for Childhood Sexual Abuse was developed to provide information about the impact of child sexual abuse, to  emphasize the importance of including parents/caretakers in treatment, and to  highlight the need for children in therapy to learn specific skills to deal with  what has happened to them and to talk about the details of their sexually  abusive experiences.

This video is targeted primarily to individuals who refer sexually abused  children to therapists. It is also useful for parents and caretakers of sexually  abused children and therapists who treat sexually abused children.

Trauma-focused Therapy for Childhood Sexual Abuse: Talking Points

  1. Childhood sexual abuse is all too common. One in four girls and one in seven  boys experience sexual abuse during childhood. Child sexual abuse crosses  ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic boundaries. It happens to children  in every kind of family, neighborhood, and community.
  2. Many children keep sexual abuse a secret, sometimes until they become  adults. Some children never tell. There are many reasons children do not tell  about sexual abuse, or do not tell right away. Children may be afraid they will  be blamed for the abuse, or that they will not be believed. Some children care  about or have loving feelings for the abuser and do not want him or her to be  punished even though they want the sexual abuse to stop. Other children have  been threatened that something terrible will happen if they tell. It takes much  courage to disclose sexual abuse.
  3. It may be frightening or difficult for many children when they begin to  disclose the sexual abuse. Children may disclose only a little bit at a time,  their stories may change, or they may take back (“recant”) what they previously  said happened during the abuse. Some children may even deny that the abuse has  occurred at all. This is not unusual and may be confusing and frustrating for  parents and caregivers. Children may be given a special type of exam to  determine whether sexual abuse is likely to have occurred. This is called a  “forensic exam.”
  4. It is normal for parents and caregivers of children who disclose sexual  abuse to feel very upset, angry, or guilty or even want not to believe that the  abuse has happened. However, one of the best predictors that a sexually abused  child will recover is the presence of a supportive parent or caregiver. As such,  it is important to work to express support regardless of your other thoughts or  feelings.
  5. There is hope for children who have experienced sexual abuse. With the right  kind of help, children can recover completely and live normal and happy lives.
  6. Trauma-focused therapy is the best kind of treatment for children who have  experienced sexual abuse. Trauma-focused therapy includes these elements:a. Building skills at the start of treatment, which will help a child deal  with difficult feelings and cope with stress. The child can then use these  skills for rest of his or her life to manage stressful experiences and  situations.b. Involving the parent or caregiver in the treatment process.c. Encouraging the child to talk directly about the sexual abuse by  developing a trauma narrative.
  7. To find out more about organizations in your area that may be part of the National  Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and that may provide trauma-focused  therapy for childhood sexual abuse, go to “Finding Help”. If there are no NCTSN organizations in your  area, it may be useful to ask providers the following questions to determine if  they offer trauma-focused therapy:

a. Do you have experience in treating sexually abused children and their  families?

b. Do you offer treatments for sexually abused children that have been  studied and have been demonstrated to be effective?

c. Are you familiar with and have you used trauma-focused therapy with  sexually abused children?

For more information please visit: http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types/sexual-abuse#q5

RCASA Friday Facts: Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics Part 2

In Friday Facts, Sexual Assault Awareness on April 27, 2012 at 5:00 am

 RCASA Friday Facts: Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics Part 2

 April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. Below aremore startling statistics related to child abuse both in the United States and worldwide.Each year, an estimated one million children all over the world are sold or “trafficked”internationally and across borders into illegal sex trade. (UNICEF Convention on theRights of Children)

  •  World Health Organization has estimated, through the use of limited country-level data,that almost 53,000 children died worldwide in 2002 as a result of homicide. (WHO, 2002)
  • The highest child homicide rates occur in adolescents, especially boys, aged 15-17 yearsand among children 0 to 4 years old. (Global Estimates of Health Consequences due to Violence against Children, WHO 2006)
  • Deaths are only the visible tip of the problem. Millions of children are victims of non-fatal abuse and neglect. In some studies, between one-quarter and one-half of children report sever and frequent physical abuse, including being beaten, kicked or tied up by parents. (Global Estimates of Health Consequences due to Violence against Children,WHO 2006)
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescents around the world. (WHO, 2002)
  • Of the world’s 1.2 billion people living in poverty, more than 600 million are children.(UNICEF: The State of the World’s Children, 2000)
  • Each day, 30,500 children under five years of age die of mainly preventable disease, andthousands more are ill because of unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation. (UNICEF:The State of the World’s Children)
  • Each day, 8,500 children and young people around the world are infected with HIV.(UNICEF: The State of the World’s Children, 2000)
  • Studies reveal that some groups of children are especially vulnerable to violence. Thesesinclude children with disabilities, those from ethnic minorities and other marginalizedgroups, “street children” and those in conflict with the law, and refugee and other displaced children. (WHO, 2002)
  • The number of street children worldwide is almost impossible to know, although theWorld Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF estimate the number to be 100 million.The social phenomenon of street children is increasing as the world’s population grows.(Casa Alianza, Worldwide Statistics 2000)
  • Between 133 and 275 million children worldwide are estimated to witness domestic violence annually. (UNICEF, 2006)
  •  The exposure of children to violence in their homes on a frequent basis, usually through fights between parents or between a mother and her partner, can severely affect a child’s well-being, personal development and social interaction in childhood and adulthood. (Violence and Victims, 2002)
  •  Intimate partner violence also increases the risk of violence against children in the family, with studies from China, Colombia, Egypt, Mexico, the Philippines and South Africa showing a strong relationship between violence against women with violence against children.(WHO, 2002)
  • A study from India found that domestic violence in the home doubled therisk of violence against children. (Journal of Pediatric Psychology I, 2000)
  • Reporting on a wide range of developing countries, the Global School-based Health Survey recently found that between 20 and 65 % of school-aged children reported having been verbally or physically bullied in the past 30 days. Bullying is also frequent in industrialized countries. (Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study 2004)

RCASA Therapy Thursday: Children and Art Therapy

In Sexual Assault Awareness on April 26, 2012 at 5:00 am

Children often have a difficult time expressing their feelings and emotions through words. Art therapy is a great way for them to express their needs and feelings without having to verbalize. A difficult task for many parents of children who have been assaulted is helping them escape the anxiety that plagues them. One way to help children calm down during a panic attack or acute anxiety is to help them create a safe place.

Have your child draw, write, or tell you of an imaginary or real place where they feel safe, loved, and peaceful. As they create this imagery, help them to focus on and think about the things they see, smell, textures they feel, what they hear, how the location makes them feel, and who or what may be with them. Is it a beach scene? Do they hear the waves crashing on the shore or the birds calling from the air? Do they see the sun setting on the water, the golden sand glowing warmly in the sunlight? Can they imagine the sand between their toes? These are examples of details they may want to focus on and record. This is only one example of a calming scene. Their favorite spot may be the playground, their room, or an imaginary land. When children are feeling stressed, encourage them to think about this place. This can be extremely calming and centering for anyone suffering from anxiety. Soothing music and dim lighting may add to the calming effect

Prevention Tuesday – Keeping Yourself Safe in Cyberspace

In Education, Prevention, Sexual Assault Awareness on April 24, 2012 at 5:00 am

What is ‘sexting’?

If you are a young adult you probably have heard of sexting. After all it is featured in songs by popular artists Ludacris and Beyonce, on television shows like Glee and The Secret Life of the American Teenager and you have probably even heard of celebrity “sexts” gone public (take Pete Wentz or Vanessa Hudgins for example). The odds are that you may even know people who do it or have done it yourself (1 in 3 young adults between the ages of 14 and 24 have done it).

If you are a parent you may be less familiar with this new buzzword used to describe the use of digital media to send sexy and often explicit messages. Sometimes these texts and pictures are shared voluntarily by young people as a way of flirting or showing affection towards their partners, but often there is some level of pressure or coercion involved. (61% of young adults who have shared a naked picture or video indicate that they felt pressured to do so by someone else!) With the popularity of social networking websites and other forms of digital media it is becoming easier and easier for these pictures and messages to go “viral”(this means a message, picture or video becomes popular through Internet sharing, typically through the use social networking websites and e-mail).

The sharing of “sexts” can have variety of serious social and emotional consequences and involved parties can even face legal consequences! It is always important to remember that once you send that text or post that picture to Facebook you no longer have any control over where that image goes or who sees it.

Here are some videos that talk a little bit more about sexting can affect your life:

Your future college and job opportunities

Your reputation

Your criminal record

What is ‘cyberbullying’?

Cyberbullying can be a variety of different things, but is usually characterized by the use of digital platforms to hurt or embarrass others (typically involves sharing negative or untrue things about another person or people). Some of the most commonly used methods of cyberbullying include writing things online that aren’t true (26%), writing things that are mean (24%) and forwarding an IM or message that was intended to stay private (20%). Images shared in “sexts” are popular material for this type of bullying (one-fifth of young people who receive a “sext” forward it and around half of those who do forward, forward to multiple people).

While cyberbullying is unique because it occurs online, unfortunately this behavior often leads to face-to-face bullying.

Here are some videos that talk a little bit about cyberbullying and how much it can hurt victims:

Permanent emotional damage

Embarrassment

What is digital abuse?

 Digital abuse is when a dating partner (or even someone who is just a friend) constantly texts, IMs, e-mails or uses any form of digital media to harass or keep tabs on another person. Often this happens between dating partners (21% of young people think that their dating partner checks up on them too often). Digital abuse can also include demanding Facebook passwords and reading text messages without permission.

Ask yourself these questions about digital abuse:

Is it violating your boyfriend or girlfriends privacy to read their text messages?

Is it normal for your partner to text and call all of the time?

As a young adult how can I protect myself from abusive digital behaviors?

Ask yourself some of the following questions when you find yourself in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable:

Sexting

  1. If someone asks you to send them a picture or an explicit text, ask yourself if it was your idea. If you aren’t in the mood or don’t feel comfortable sharing this information with someone…DON’T. It’s better to be uncool for a few moments than to potentially be very embarrassed later.
  2. Where will this picture end up? It could just end up in your trusted partner’s inbox…or they might forward it to their buddies…or it could end up on Facebook. Once you send that picture, you lose all control of what happens to it and who sees it. If it isn’t something you would want your mom or dad, your teachers or your grandparents to see then you probably shouldn’t send it and you definitely shouldn’t post it online.
  3. If you receive a sext, ask yourself what was going on when this picture was taken. Maybe the person was totally into it and wanted to share the picture, but maybe they didn’t intend to share it with others or weren’t able to consent to it being shared. There really isn’t a good way of knowing whether that person would be comfortable with you sharing the picture so the best thing to do is to just delete it. Don’t save it, don’t forward it, don’t upload it to Facebook…JUST DELETE IT!

Cyberbullying

  1. How would I feel if someone said these things about me? If the words that you are saying to or about someone would make you angry, sad or hurt then they will probably have the same effect on the target of your bullying.
  2. Would I say these things to the person’s face? If you wouldn’t say these things to the target of bullying then you shouldn’t be saying them online.
  3. If you are the target of bullying ask yourself who you can confide in or talk to. You definitely aren’t the first or only person that this has happened to. If something someone posts, texts or IMs about you feels wrong then you should report to the website and talk to a trusted adult.

Digital Abuse

  1. Why does my partner need to know where I am and what I am doing all of the time? In a healthy relationship there should be trust between partners and you should feel free to spend time alone or with other people. In an emotionally unhealthy relationship, one (or sometimes both partners) tries to control the behaviors and interactions of the other partner.
  2. Does constantly receiving messages seem normal? It’s fine to check in with your friends and partners, after all communication is a huge part of any relationship. However, if you start to notice that checking in turns into keeping tabs then it is time to have a face-to-face conversation with your partner. If you notice that this is happening to a friend, then say something. They may not have noticed or they might just think you are overreacting, but either way you should let them know that you are there to support them.
  3. Do the messages I am receiving ever make me feel bad? If a friend, partner (or anyone, really) is using e-mails, IMS, texts or Facebook to say mean things about you (whether they are talking about how you look or what you are wearing, who you are hanging out with) then that is emotional abuse. If this is happening to you then you should talk to someone you trust about it to figure out what the next step is.

If you need help or just want to learn a bit more you should check out MTV’s “A THIN LINE” project here.

 As a parent how can I talk to my kids about abusive digital behaviors?

Talk to your kids regularly about what they should do to keep themselves safe online. Discuss what is appropriate and inappropriate to share on social networking websites and make sure that they feel comfortable talking to you about these issues. It is also important to talk to your children about cruel behaviors and how they can best respect their peers. Middle school and high school can be difficult times in a young person’s life, but by talking to the children that you care about you can make sure that they remain is safe and also that they don’t harm others.  If you have a tough time starting these conversations you can use any of the videos posted above as a starting point for conversation. I also recommend the MTV Documentary “Sexting in America” which is available for free online.

In general the MTV project “A THIN LINE” is a really great resource for young adults, as well as parents and educators. Parents and educators can find the portion of the website specifically addressing them here.

 The source for all of the statistics included in this post was the MTV-AP 2011 Digital Abuse Study

Servicios de apoyo a víctimas de delito sexual en Fredericksburg, Virginia

In Sexual Assault Awareness on April 23, 2012 at 5:00 am

Servicios de apoyo a víctimas de violencia sexual

Concilio Rappahannock contra el asalto/la agresión sexual

Conmemorando el mes de concientización del asalto/la agresión sexual les hago saber de nuestros servicios.

El Concilio Rappahannock contra el asalto/la agresión sexual o Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault, RCASA tiene como misión el de proveer servicios de educación, prevención y de intervención a víctimas de violencia sexual y a sus seres queridos.

Desde más o menos el año 2007 extendimos nuestros servicios a las comunidad Latina y otras comunidades inmigrantes de la ciudad de Fredericksburg, y los condados de Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania y Stafford.

Aparte del trabajo integral como agencia en estas areas para la comunidad en general de la ciudad de Fredericksburg y los condados ya mencionados, en español estamos trabajando de la siguiente manera:

Prevención y educación:

Tenemos sesiones de grupo en español abiertas a toda la comunidad todos los Jueves de 04:00 p.m. a 05:00 p.m., mostramos videos, películas, damos clases sobre la dinámica de la violencia sexual.

Llámenos y reserve su espacio, y entérese de esto y del tremendo impacto negativo que puede ejercer en el bienestar tanto físico como mental de una persona.

Si alguien de su familia a sido víctima de violencia sexual, venga y aprenda acerca de como poderles brindar ese apoyo familiar que tanto lo necesitan.  Las clases están abiertas a toda la comunidad, lo único que le pedimos es que no llame con anticipación para reservar su espacio.

La prevención y educación también la hacemos a través de bitácoras cibernéticas escritas en español, publicadas semanalmente los Lunes en nuestra página electrónica: www.rcasa.org

Servicios de Intervención:

Compartidos entre:

Línea de crisis y de ayuda inmediata, Consejería e Intercesión Legal.

Línea de Crisis y de Ayuda Inmediata:

Contamos con una unidad fabulosa bilingüe que recibe llamadas de personas que están en crisis y necesitan ayuda.  Tenemos personal capacitado para responder a estas crisis y proveernos con técnicas de relajación y contestar a cualquier pregunta que tengan en cuanto a la violencia sexual.

Normalmente si una persona de cualquier edad, de cualquier género, u orientación sexual a sido víctima de violencia sexual y vive en la ciudad de Fredericksburg o los condados de Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford y condados aledaños considerados rurales tiene la opción de acudir a la sala de emergencia del hospital Mary Washington y solicitar un examen forense.  Por favor absténgase de ducharse, bañarse, ducharse vaginalmente, cepillarse los dientes, comer o beber algo antes de ir al hospital.  No se cambie de ropa interior y quédese con la ropa que estaba usando al momento del incidente.

El financiamiento del examen forense esta cubierto por el fondo de compensación para víctimas de delito de Virginia (Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund, CICF).  Pueden incurrir otros costos hospitalarios que tienen que ser cubiertos por su seguro de salud o por usted misma(o).  El hospital mismo tiene a disposición el programa de ayuda financiera.

Consejería:

En consejería, tratamos de enfocarnos en experiencias adversas vividas en la niñez y el transtorno de estrés postraumático.   Nuestra terapia se enfoca en el trauma que proviene de heridas profundas que vivimos en nuestra niñez, heridas de las que no queremos hablar porque nos causan un dolor profundo y han formado y determinado nuestra personalidad.

La terapia que brindamos ayuda a muchísimas personas a tomar a tomar nuevamente el control de sus vidas, a tomar nuevas decisiones para salir adelante y tratar de superar el trauma vivido ya sea en la niñez o como resultado de una violación sexual en la vida adulta.

Contamos con una licenciada experta en asuntos de violencia sexual, y personas expertas y con maestría en consejería y trabajo social.  Nuestros servicios de consejería con la terapista licenciada están cubiertos en su mayoría por su seguro médico o por el programa de Fondos de Compensación financiera a víctimas de delito en Virginia (Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund, CICF) u otros programas de fondos financieros disponibles para cubrir el cobro de esta terapia.

Intercesoría Legal

Como asistentes de víctimas y/o intercesoras legales, acompañamos a nuestros clientes (niños y aultos) al Tribunal y les proveemos con técnicas de relajación que les ayuda a  calmarse al estar frente a sus agresores en una audiencia.

Somos el enlace entre nuestros clientes y el sistema judicial.

Los ayudamos a cubrir sus necesidades durante este período, llenando solicitudes para diferentes programas de víctimas en Virginia como lo son:

  1. El Fondo de Compensación financiera para víctimas de delito en Virginia, Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund, CICF
  2. Programa de notificación a víctimas de delito – VineLink
  3. Programa de Notificación a víctimas de delito – Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos, USCIS.

Derivaciones de casos a otras instituciones tanto médicas como judiciales (abogados de leyes familiares, leyes laborales, y de inmigración).

Como el subtítulo lo dice, derivamos algunos de los casos a diversas organizaciones si lo necesitan.

Próximos eventos:

Todos los martes de 6:00 p.m. a 9:00 p.m. durante el mes de Mayo clases gratuitas bilingües de Defensa Personal en el Departamento de la Policía de la ciudad de Fredericksburg (sala de entrenamiento) para todas las damas desde los doce años.

Estamos orgullosos de decir que nuestros servicios a la Comunidad Latina son reconocidos nacionalmente y como pueden ver son muy completos permitiendo a las víctimas a recuperarse en un ambiente confiable, privado y seguro.

La línea de ayuda inmediata es accessible las 24 horas, siete días a la semana en su propio idioma,el número es: (540) 371-1666.

El número de la línea de intervención es: (540) 371-5502.

Venga y entérese de como podemos ayudarle.  Casi todos nuestros servicios son gratuitos o cubiertos por un seguro de salud o por el programa de ayuda financiera a víctimas de delito en Virginia u otros.

No permita que el delito quede impugne por el temor a las autoridades.  Haga prevalecer sus derechos humanos.

Para ver el organigrama de nuestra organización, por favor haga un click aquí:

Organigrama de RCASA (2011-2012)

Artículo escrito por G. Carney, Intercesora Legal II/Especialista en Servicios de Apoyo a la Comunidad Latina, por el mes de concientización sobre el asalto, la agresión sexual.

RCASA Sunday Volunteer Corner: Live United Awards

In Sexual Assault Awareness, Volunteer on April 22, 2012 at 5:00 am

I was going to write a totally different post today, but something happened yesterday, and I want to share it.  Now, understand I’m not sharing this to brag, or boost my ego.  I am writing about this to say thank you.

From the letter I received:

“…On behalf of Rappahannock United Way, it is my pleasure to inform you that you are an honorable mention award winner for the 2012 Live United Awards.  The Live United Awards honors volunteers who have made an impact in our community with the generous donation of their time, talents and expertise.  Your dedication to the community and RCASA is an outstanding example of what it means to Live United….”

Thank You to all of the people I have worked alongside, who have treated me like a co-worker, worried about me, involved me, and made sure I am learning every moment I am working…even though I am just a volunteer.

And now, Thank You for recognizing me.

Being “JUST” a volunteer at the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault, has been a great opportunity; it has been a life changing opportunity. 

RCASA, Thank You. 

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to change my life, and give back to my community.

Thank You.

RCASA Saturday with Case Management: It’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Let’s Start A SART In Our Community!

In Sexual Assault Awareness on April 21, 2012 at 5:00 am

Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART)

A Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a multidisciplinary interagency team of individuals working collaboratively to provide services for the community by offering specialized sexual assault intervention services. Teams are specialized to fit the needs of each community and generally have goals of increasing reporting and conviction of sexual assaults and countering the experience of sexual trauma with a sensitive and competent response. Typically, teams consists of key responders such as advocates, law enforcement officers, forensic examiners (e.g.; SANE/SAFE/FNE), crime lab personnel, and prosecutors.
The NSVRC works with responders from around the United States to identify resources, translate research findings and analyze policy will assist in the development, enhancement and sustainability of SARTs. The NSVRC offers a number of ways for SARTs to connect with experts in the field, to learn from each other, and to receive customized technical assistance. These efforts are outlined in the following sections. For more information, please contact us via email or call, toll-free 877-739-3895.

For more information please visit us here.

RCASA Friday Facts: Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics Part 1

In Friday Facts, Sexual Assault Awareness on April 20, 2012 at 5:00 am

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. Below aresome startling statistics related to child abuse both in the United States and worldwide.

  • Worldwide, approximately 40 million children below the age of 15 are subjected to childabuse each year. (World Health Organization (WHO) 2001)
  • Studies from many countries in all regions of the world suggest that up to 80 to 98 % of children suffer physical punishment in their homes, with a third or more experiencing severe punishment resulting from the use of implements. (World Health Organization WHO  2001)
  • Physical violence is often accompanied by psychological violence. Insults, name-calling, isolation, rejection, threats, emotional indifference and belittling are all forms of violence that can be detrimental to a child’s well-being; especially when it comes from a respected adult such as a parent. (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 2005)
  • At least 106 countries do not prohibit the use of corporal punishment in schools, 147countries do not prohibit it within alternative care settings, and as yet only 16 countries have prohibited its use in the home. (Global Summary of the Legal Status of Corporal Punishment of Children, 2006)
  • There are non-physical forms of punishment which are cruel and degrading and these include punishment that belittles, humiliates, denigrates, scapegoats, threatens, scares or ridicules the child. (Committee on the Rights of the Child 2006)
  • Emotional abuse may be more devastating than physical abuse. A child’s physical cuts and bruises usually heal quickly. But the emotional cuts and bruises take a long time to heal. Emotional abuse is very difficult for the victim to recognize. If it is occurring on a day-to-day basis, you may see it as a normal behavior. (International Center for AssaultPrevention- TEEN CAP Manual)
  • Sexual abuse statistics vary between countries and reports, but are consistently alarming:Research indicates that up to 36% of girls and 29% of boys have suffered child sexual abuse; up to 46% girls and 20% boys have experienced sexual coercion.(The 57th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights)
  • World Health Organization estimates that 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 experienced forced sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual violence during 2002.(WHO, 2004)
  • The occurrence of sexual violence in the home is increasingly acknowledged. An overview of studies in 21 countries found that 7-36 % of women and 3-29 % of men reported sexual victimization during childhood. Most of the abuse occurred within the family circle. (Child Abuse & Neglect, 2005)
  • Similarly, a multi-country study by WHO, including both developed and developing countries, showed that between 1 and 21 % of women reported to have been sexually abused before the age of 15, in most cases by male family members other than the father or stepfather. (WHO, 2005)
  • According to a WHO estimate, between 100 and 140 million girls and women in the world have undergone some form of female genital mutilation/cutting. (UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, 2005)
  • Recent International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates show that, in 2004, 250million children between the ages of 5 and 14 were involved in child labor, of whom 126million were in hazardous work. Estimates from 2000 suggest that 5.7 million were in forced or bonded labor, 1.8 million in prostitution and pornography, and 1.2 million werevictims of trafficking as sex workers, a modern form of slavery. (International Labour Office, 2006)
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