Demonstration Project: Working with Sexual Assault Survivors with Disabilities in Long-term Care Facilities

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
R1 2016-2017 $50,000

Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs in Olympia, WA increased capacity to serve sexual assault survivors with disabilities who reside in long-term care facilities, increased collaboration among such facilities and sexual assault advocacy programs, and documented model practices and policies.

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  • Communities

    Adults Disabilities Men Survivors Women
  • System

    Advocacy/rape crisis Therapeutic/mental health
  • Level



  • Enhance Partnerships

    Enhance Partnerships

    WCSAP partnered with SAGE, Disabilities Rights Washington (DRW), and the Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (WALTCOP). The pilot site built relationships with 2 LTC facilities and worked on onsite advocacy at one facility.

  • Learning Circles

    Learning Circles

    SAGE presented the project and work at the WCSAP annual conference in 2017. 

  • Provide Resources

    Provide Resources

    The funding paid for reprinting costs for an existing resource entitled: Understanding Sexual Rights and Sexual Assault in Resident Advocacy. Copies were distributed to local advocacy programs and long-term care ombudsmen throughout WA.

  • Educate & Train

    Educate & Train

    Disability Rights of Washington provided customized training for all program staff based on assessment findings.

  • Measure Impact

    Measure Impact

    The project utilized VERA’s Measuring C&C Assessment Tool Community assessment and incorporated feedback from a Resident Advisory Work-group with 8 residents of LTC.