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1_rattle_imageArte Sana's Existe Ayuda (Help Exists) project is to produce and disseminate replicable Spanish-language outreach materials to help improve the cultural competence of service providers and the accessibility of services for Spanish-speaking victims of sexual violence. These materials—glossaries, PowerPoint presentations, and other tools—will help facilitate the work of bilingual/bicultural staff, especially those who are just beginning Spanish-language programs. The project was funded by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)/U.S. Department of Justice.

We encourage only those who are fluent in the Spanish language to present or train in Spanish, but the Existe Ayuda outreach products may be used by non-Spanish speaking victim advocates and allied professionals. Existe Ayuda’s ultimate goals are to be a source of information for Spanish-speaking victims of sexual assault and Spanish-speaking communities, to promote awareness about sexual violence in Latina/o communities, and to assist victim advocates in helping people who speak only Spanish find aid.

The Toolkit covers these areas: need for materials in Spanish, challenges, project background, about the community, terminology and symbols, toolkit products, acknowledgments, and references.

Toolkit Products

Eleven products were developed during the initial phase of the Existe Ayuda National Outreach Project:

Glossaries

Sexual Assault Glossary (Bilingual)
Purpose: Promote uniform Spanish translations of printed and online outreach content.
User Audience: Bilingual victim advocates.
Participant Audience: English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Learner primary and secondary survivors.

Human Trafficking Glossary (Bilingual)
Purpose: Offer internationally recognized Spanish language translations of human trafficking terms.
User Audience: Those who work in victim services and human trafficking; Spanish-speaking communities and allies.
Participant Audience: English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Learner primary and secondary survivors.

Presentations

For Promotoras: La violencia sexual en la comunidad latina: una plática entre mujeres (Sexual Violence in the Hispanic Community: A Conversation Between Women) (Spanish)
Purpose: Offers an overview of sexual violence and victim/survivor needs and promotes greater awareness among Spanish-speaking populations of sexual violence and existing services.
User Audience: Promotoras or community health workers (CHWs) and bilingual/bicultural victim advocates who are fluent in Spanish.
Participant Audience: Spanish-speaking community members who participate in presentations offered by victim advocates and promotoras or CHWs.

For Victim Advocates: Latinas and Sexual Violence (English)
Purpose: Addresses cultural and linguistic considerations for improving outreach into Latina/o communities with a special focus on Latinas and promotes greater awareness of the barriers to services that Latina victims face and tools for removing those barriers.
User Audience: Victim advocates and allied professionals who address victim service access issues for diverse communities of sexual assault survivors.
Participant Audience: Directors, program managers, victim advocates, and allied professionals who are attending inservice training events.

Tools

Pocket Card on Victim’s Rights (Spanish)
Purpose: Promote awareness of sexual assault victims’ rights; including the right to services regardless of race, economic status, language preference, or residency status.
User Audience: Bilingual victim advocates; promotoras or community health workers (CHWs).
Participant Audience: English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Learner primary and secondary survivors; community groups.

Handout on Sexual Harassment (Spanish)
Purpose: Promote awareness among Spanish-speaking populations of sexual harassment and victims’ rights. The handout defines sexual harassment and lists steps for addressing and reporting it.
User Audience: Bilingual victim advocates; promotoras or community health workers (CHW).
Participant Audience: English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Learner primary and secondary survivors; community groups.

Fact Sheet: Latinas and Sexual Violence (English)
Purpose: Promote greater awareness of issues affecting Latina victims of sexual assault. Provided in English only.
User Audience: Victim advocates; allied professionals.
Participant Audience: Victim advocate inservice training or workshop attendees.

Fact Sheet: Atención mujeres... existe ayuda (Attention Women... Help Exists) (Spanish)
Purpose: Promote greater awareness of sexual assault within English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Learner communities.
User Audience: Bilingual victim advocates; promotoras or community health workers (CHW).
Participant Audience: Spanish-speaking community members; allied professionals who participate in presentations offered by bilingual victim advocates; promotoras or CHWs.

PSA Script: Acoso sexual en el trabajo (Sexual Harassment at Work) (Spanish)
Purpose: Promote greater awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace and of intimate partner sexual violence; define sexual harassment; address some of its impact; describe victims’ rights.
User Audience: Local victim service agencies to use during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaigns and as teaching aids throughout the year.
Participant Audience: Spanish-language radio stations; community members; bilingual training workshop attendees.

PSA Script: La violación entre pareja (Intimate Partner Rape) (Spanish)
Purpose: Promote greater awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace and of intimate partner sexual violence; define intimate partner sexual violence; address cultural assumptions; explain victims’ rights.
User Audience: Local victim service agencies to use during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaigns and as teaching aids throughout the year.
Participant Audience: Spanish-language radio stations; community members; bilingual training workshop attendees.

Answering Machine Scripts for Rape Crisis Centers and State Sexual Assault Coalitions (Spanish)
Purpose: Provide non-Spanish speaking staff with a communication tool they may use to offer potential Spanish-speaking monolingual callers the necessary information to access help.
User Audience: State sexual assault coalitions; local rape crisis centers.
Participant Audience: Spanish-speaking or Limited English Proficient (LEP) primary or secondary survivors who may call for information and assistance.

 

For additional information please visit OVC - ExisteAyuda and Arte Sana.