ERIC Number: ED418824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Responding to Sexual Abuse: Developing a Community-Based Sexual Abuse Response Team in Aboriginal Communities. Aboriginal Peoples Collection, Technical Series.
Ministry of the Solicitor General, Ottawa (Ontario).
This manual addresses the issue of sexual abuse in Canadian aboriginal communities, and advocates a community sexual abuse response team approach in building a viable solution to the problem. The manual introduces the main issues and problems relevant to a community sexual response team. Chapter 1 looks at the cultural and historical past of aboriginal communities, including spiritual and philosophical wisdom, European contact and colonization, and the aboriginal rights movement. Chapter 2 looks at understanding sexual abuse in aboriginal communities, including healthy sexuality, sexual abuse, the seriousness and patterns of sexual abuse in aboriginal communities, and abuse in non-Native communities. Chapter 3 discusses the holistic community wellness approach. Chapter 4 focuses on the caregiver: stress, burnout, and well-being. Chapters 5 and 6 focus on community-based intervention issues and strategies, including disclosure, contact, investigation, legalities, the victim's needs, the healing process, and setting up the community response team. Chapter 7 explores community involvement and strategies for generating support. Chapter 8 specifically addresses the legal, administrative, record-keeping, and ethical details in building a community response team. Each chapter includes print and nonprint resources, checklists, guidelines, and illustrative materials. Three appendices provide sample training sessions for the community response team, an outline of a 2-year sexual abuse worker training program, and 54 references. (SAS)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, Canada Natives, Child Abuse, Community Action, Community Involvement, Community Relations, Foreign Countries, Holistic Approach, Intervention, Program Development, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality, Team Training, Victims of Crime, Well Being
Aboriginal Corrections Policy Unit, Solicitor General Canada, 340 Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0P8, Canada; World Wide Web: www.sgc.gc.ca
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministry of the Solicitor General, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers: Canada; Cultural Values; Healing