Why Faith Matters: A Resource for Advocates and Allies to Recognize the Spiritual and Religious Needs of Victims/Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse

FaithTrust Institute
R3 2018-2019 $35,720

Create an educational resource for sexual assault advocates and allies to better understand the significance of faith beliefs and religious culture in the lives of many sexual assault survivors.

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  • Communities

    Adults Faith-based Survivors
  • Products

    Resource: Why Faith Matters: Responding to Sexual Violence and Abuse Contact FTI
    Resource: Online videos about Handbook Contact FTI
  • System

    Advocacy/rape crisis Therapeutic/mental health
  • Level



  • Enhance Partnerships

    Enhance Partnerships

    Partnered with many faith leaders from Jewish, Muslim, Native American, Christian, Zen and Tibetan Buddhist affiliations as well as CALCASA and CONNECT NYC as advocate advisors.

  • Learning Circles

    Learning Circles

    As part of the outreach campaign, this information will be shared at conferences and with groups. 

  • Provide Resources

    Provide Resources

    Creation of a handbook - Why Faith Matters: Responding to Sexual Violence and Abuse as well as a series of online videos demonstrating the use of the handbook, how faith is a cultural competency issue, and the purpose of spiritual assessment in advocacy. 

  • Raise Awareness

    Raise Awareness

    Lead an outreach campaign about the materials using social media and professional conferences