Becoming Trauma-Informed: Resource for Youth Allies and Educators


Trauma and Resilience: An Adolescent Provider Toolkit

The prevalence of sexual violence victimization among minors is astounding; the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) reported 43.2% of female victims and 70.8% of male victims of completed or attempted rape experienced their first assault as minors. As preventionists, advocates, and educators, we must continuously challenge ourselves to improve our understanding of trauma and its long-lasting impacts. This toolkit from the Adolescent Health Working Group (AHWG) was created to support organizations as they build capacity and work to become trauma-informed. Beyond symptoms of trauma, this document explores the impact of trauma on development, provides recommendations to enhance the developmental assets for adolescents, and illustrates various levels of trauma on the Socio-Ecological Model.

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Meghan Yap

Meghan first became involved with the fight to end sexual assault as a research assistant with UC San Diego Medical School’s Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH). Through her work with the “It’s on Us” campaign, Meghan speaks publically about her experiences with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), rape, and recovery with the hope that her story will empower other survivors. In April 2016, Vice President Joe Biden awarded Meghan the White House “Champion of Change” honor for her efforts to address campus sexual assault and promote survivor-centered services and policies at UC San Diego. In her free time, Meghan volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for clinics in developing/underserved regions.

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