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Sexual Abuse & Assault Advocates

  • Educate staff that sibling sexual trauma is one of the most common types of sexual abuse.

  • Educate staff that sibling sexual trauma raises the risk of sexual victimization or exploitation later in life–which means that many survivors of other types of sexual assault may also have a history of sibling sexual trauma.

  • Be prepared with materials, resources, or referrals appropriate to situations of sibling sexual trauma, including what is happening at present time and that which happened in your clients’ past.

  • Be prepared with materials or referrals to help all family members process sexual harm that has happened within the family or between children, including resources to help parents and survivors navigate complex family reactions.

  • Recommended viewing: RAINN Survivor Summit--Sexual Abuse by a Family Member 

Examine your organization’s messaging, including words, images,
and stories.  Does it include the possibility that:

  • A child or teen could have caused the harm?

  • A sibling or family member could have caused the abuse?

  • The survivor could be a male and/or the offender could be a female? 

  • The child who caused harm could be younger than the survivor?

  • The person needing help may not clearly identify as a victim or perpetrator, or identify what happened as abuse or assault?

  • The survivor may have concern or ambivalent feelings about the welfare of the person who harmed them?

Be mindful of how you share your clients' lived experience stories:
Best Practices Guide from the Marie Collins Foundation
Watch 5Waves’ guest appearance on Sexual Assault and Advocacy Network’s SAAN Shares for more about what your organization can do to help survivors of sibling sexual abuse and trauma.
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