Aprendiendo Lecciones del Arte de Sobrevivir
Providing support to survivors of sexual assault through self expression, peer support groups, and community awareness.
Aprendiendo Lecciones del Arte de Sobrevivir (Learning Lessons on the Art of Survival) is a Community Health Worker-led program in Lucas, Henry, Fulton, Sandusky and Putnam Counties in Ohio. The program supports Latino(a) survivors of sexual assault and offers participants opportunities to share their experiences and perspectives with other survivors, with the aim of establishing a network of peer support. Participants are also provided with information about local resources for sexual assault survivors.
Due to the sensitive nature of the topic of sexual assault, Community Health Workers are excellent facilitators for group discussion and can provide culturally and linguistically appropriate information. As members of the community, Community Health Workers are well suited to earn the trust and respect program participants, a task which may be difficult for others.
The group sessions are culturally tailored for the community and have a creative aspect, where participants are free to express themselves artistically and without fear of judgement. Community Health Workers also conduct outreach and refer individuals for additional services. Our partners, the YWCA HOPE Center, CrimeVictim Services and the Center for Children and Family Advocacy provides counseling services to individuals needing further support.
The program also identifies local leaders in the community, who are then recruited and trained to discuss sexual assault with others. These leaders are helpful at addressing and raising awareness about sexual assault from within the community itself. The leaders help with all aspects of the program.
This program is funded through the Ohio Department of Health. It began in January 2017 and will conclude in December 2018.
This project was supported by subgrant No. 09960032SA0117 awarded by the state administering office for the SASP Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the state or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
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