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Advocating for Backlog Survivors

Build a Brighter Future

Advocating for sexual assault survivors whose SAFE kits are tested as part of this backlog effort is not entirely unique, although it does present some additional challenges and opportunities.

The following resources are intended to help advocates:

  • An infographic (below) for advocates to distribute to law enforcement. The graphic is intended to inform law enforcement on how community advocates can best assist in the notification effort.

  • consent form for survivors to consent to information being shared with law enforcement if advocates conduct the notification without law enforcement present. Confidentiality laws prohibit advocates from giving law enforcement any information regarding the contact with survivors without their consent. Therefore, the Task Force strongly recommends a collaborative approach to conducting these notifications.

  • Self-care resources from the Joyful Heart Foundation. Self care is critical for advocates who are doing this hard work of helping backlog survivors. Joyful Heart Foundation dedicated a whole issue of its magazine toward helping members of our healing community address, prevent and mitigate vicarious trauma. Read their stories, discover new practices for wellness and self-care and learn even more about vicarious trauma.