Trauma-Informed Sex-Education Panel at the National Coalition for Sexual Health – Recording now available!

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In September 2020, the National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH) Annual Meeting included a panel on Trauma-Informed Care and Communications. Since the founding of the NCSH, CALCASA has been a member providing input on how promoting sexual health is a crucial component of sexual violence prevention efforts.

CALCASA Project Coordinator, Sarah Orton, helped organize the panel and moderated the discussion with Sevonna Brown, Co-Executive Director from Black Women’s Blueprint, Alex Damiano, Clinical Therapist for Sexual, Romantic, and Gender Minorities from the Sexual Assault Center in Nashville, and Kari Kesler, Sex-Educator and founder of the FLASH Curriculum in Seattle.

Highlights from the panel include:

  • Black women are dying from childbirth at alarming rates – sexual abuse and maternal mortality are interconnected. Sexual and reproductive violence increase adverse maternal health outcomes.
  • Clinicians can implement trauma-informed care by being a buffer against further traumatization, distributers (not gatekeepers) of information, act as scene partners in playing out new endings to old trauma-narratives, and by being accountable as enactors of harm.
  • Safety, trust, transparency, peer support, collaboration, mutuality, empowerment, and cultural/historical/gender issues are key components to designing sex-ed curriculum that is trauma-informed.

Watch the full recording HERE and download the slides below.

Slides_NCSH-Annual-Meeting-2020.pdf (51 downloads)

 

Sarah Orton

Sarah has a BA in Sexuality Studies with a focus on Research Methodology from the Evergreen State College. In 2011, during the pursuit of her undergraduate degree, she began volunteer work in reproductive justice and has been working in sexual assault prevention and intervention for the last six years in California and Tennessee. Her work has primarily included program management and implementation at community rape crisis centers, college campuses, and systems-based facilities. Additionally, she has a background in training and education, including providing comprehensive sex education and healthy sexuality group facilitation.

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