Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment in CILs (1.5 Hours)

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About the Training

Sexual violence and sexual harassment in the workplace has been in the spotlight recently and it’s about time. Independent Living advocates know all too well the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment experienced by people with disabilities. As employers and administrators and service providers, Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs) have a responsibility to create environments that respond sensitively and safely. Our staff, board, council members, volunteers, and consumers all benefit when sexual violence and sexual harassment is addressed. Policies and procedures within CILs and SILCs should give guidance and structure in order to create responsive facilities, programs, and activities.

Join us this April – Sexual Assault Awareness Month – to learn how you can support victims of violence and work to prevent sexual harassment in your organization. Learn the steps for creating an environment where sexual violence and harassment is addressed sensitively and effectively using a trauma informed approach. Sample policies and procedures that offer guidance will be discussed. Our presenters will share their work as sexual assault advocates and discuss these issues specifically within CILs and SILCs. We all have a role to play in creating a culture where sexual violence is addressed and sexual harassment is not tolerated. Don’t miss this crucial presentation. 

Target Audience

Executive directors, program managers, independent living specialists, and other staff of Centers for Independent Living

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, participants will have knowledge and resources that will enable them to:

  • Define sexual violence and harassment. 
  • Identify physical and behavioral indicators of sexual violence.
  • Understand the key Federal laws that are or may be related to these topics.
  • Recognize the elements of and the role of effective policies, procedures, and education for center staff to create a safe environment for employees and consumers.
  • Identify steps to create a culture that supports victims of violence with a trauma informed approach and that prevents or addresses harassment.
  • Know the resources for obtaining more information.

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