Welcome to Module 2: Responding to Disclosure of Sexual Violence

Training participants new to the disability field are asked to complete Module 1 prior to undertaking Module 2. People with established knowledge and experience are strongly encouraged to complete Module 1 as a contemporary refresher, prior to undertaking Module 2.

The learning outcomes of Module 2 are improved knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Sexual rights, consent & sexual violence;
  2. The trauma effects of sexual violence and abuse;
  3. Vulnerability of people with intellectual disability to sexual violence and abuse, including perpetrator practices; and
  4. Guiding principles and supportive practices for responding to disclosure of sexual violence or abuse.

Tips for completing this Module

  • This module includes a number of topics and will take approximately 2 hours to complete. You are free to work through the module at your own pace.
  • Written factsheets of the six topics can be downloaded and printed before or after you complete each topic. To download factsheets click on the links at the top of the module. Alternatively, you may like to record your own notes in a notebook or on a piece of paper.
  • Please proceed through the topics in numerical order. Each topic includes a series of tasks (or steps) for you to complete. Please work through these steps in numerical order.
  • Many topics include a “Personal Reflection Task”. You may like to record your thoughts in a notebook or on a piece of paper.
  • To adjust the speed of the training videos (to play them faster or slower), click on the cog symbol at the bottom of the video screen and select “Speed”. To play the video at a faster speed, select 1.25, 1.5 or 2. To play the video at a slower speed select 0.5 or 0.25.
  • For subtitles/closed captioning, click on the cog symbol at the bottom of the video screen and select “Subtitles/CC”, followed by “English (auto-generated)”.
  • Please complete the feedback questionnaire at the end of the Module to assist our ongoing review and development of this training.

 

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Topic 1: What is Sexual Violence

STEP 1: Watch this Video – “What is Sexual Violence”

Step 2: Please CLICK HERE and read the case study
Step 3: Personal Reflection:
  • What acts of sexual violence was Anna subjected to?
  • What power and control did the taxi driver abuse when he assaulted Anna?

Topic 2: Trauma Effects of Sexual Violence

STEP 1: Watch this Video – “Trauma Effects of Sexual Violence”

Step 2: Personal Reflection (Anna’s Story)

Reflecting back to Anna’s Story

  • What trauma effects do you think Anna is experiencing, as evidenced by her story?

Topic 3: Vulnerability To Sexual Violence

STEP 1: Watch this Video – “Vulnerability To Sexual Violence”

Step 2: Personal Reflection (Anna’s Story)

Reflecting back to Anna’s Story

  • In what ways do you think Anna is vulnerable to sexual violence? Consider personal and social factors.
  • What negative myths and attitudes about people with intellectual disability are evident in Anna’s story? How might these impact on Anna? Consider emotional impact and access to justice in the legal system.

Topic 4: Perpetrators of Sexual Violence

STEP 1: Watch this Video – “Perpetrators of Sexual Violence”

Step 2: Personal Reflection (Anna’s Story)

Reflecting back to Anna’s Story

  • What grooming practices did the taxi driver use in his assault against Anna?

Topic 5: Responding to Disclosure Guiding Principles

STEP 1: Watch this Video – “Responding to Disclosure Guiding Principles”

Step 2: Personal Reflection (Anna’s Story)

Reflecting back to Anna’s Story

  • How did Anna disclose her experience of sexual violence? Who will be a witness to the disclosure when the matter goes to trial? How might this impact on the trial outcomes?
  • What short term effects of sexual violence are evident in Anna’s story? What longer term effects might she experience without appropriate support?

Topic 6: Responding to Disclosure Guiding Principles

STEP 1: Watch this Video – “Responding to Disclosure Guiding Principles”

Step 2: Personal Reflection (Anna’s Story)

Reflecting back to Anna’s Story

  • What responses did Anna receive following her disclosure of sexual violence? Consider responses from formal and informal supports.
  • Marian (Anna’s support worker) comes to see you for advice about how she can best assist Anna to access additional support at this time? What would you suggest? Consider both practical supports and supportive practices.
Step 3: Watch this Video – “Responding to Disclosure – Practitioners”

 

Step 4: Read Conclusion: Practice Points (Anna’s Story)

This provides some practice points / example responses to the reflection questions.

Participant Feedback

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Acknowledgement

WWILD’s Online Training Modules, as part of WWILD’s E-Skilling Regional Queensland Project, was funded by the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General’s  – Victim Assist Queensland’s Building Capacity Grants.