Outreach efforts and services are a critical part of providing effective advocacy to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking (survivors) in Kansas communities. In spring of 2013 KCSDV released its newest resource, “Developing Plans for Outreach to Underserved Communities.” The purpose of this guide is to assist sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy programs in identifying underserved communities and creating, implementing, and sustaining successful outreach efforts to the diverse populations and communities they serve.
Advocacy programs’ outreach efforts vary from community to community and may be in various stages of development and implementation. This guide was developed to assist advocacy programs in outreach assessment and outreach plan development and implementation, regardless the level of existing outreach services.
This guide was created to assist advocacy programs with:
- Identifying the underserved communities in their program service areas;
- Assessing the needs of survivors who belong to rural or underserved communities;
- Assessing program capacity to provide relevant services to survivors of specific rural or underserved communities;
- Developing an Outreach Plan that addresses the unique and diverse needs of survivors of rural or underserved communities; and
- Implementing and sustaining effective outreach services to survivors who belong to rural or underserved communities.
National Leaders Recommend Anti-HIV Medication for Sexual Assault Survivors
The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV), and National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) released a policy statement in August recommending that systems be established to ensure that survivors of sexual assault have universal access to medications to prevent HIV following rape.
These national organizations, along with the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many states, recommend anti-HIV medications –also known as non-occupational post exposure prophylaxis, or “nPEP”—to prevent HIV following rape.
“We recommend that advocates, health care providers, and policy makers work together to ensure that all people—regardless of income, geographical location, cooperation with law enforcement, or other criteria—have access to nPEP when medically indicated,” said Monika Hostler, president of NAESV.