Sexual Assault Services Training Academy

 

The West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services is now offering the West Virginia Sexual Assault Services Training Academy (SASTA). SASTA courses are designed to strengthen students' knowledge of essential information regarding sexual violence and enhance their skills in serving all victims of sexual violence and educating communities about this issue.

 

Several 101 level courses are currently available, as described in the SASTA Fact Sheet PDF. Each course offers either a lesson or other educational tools, activities to apply what was taught through the lesson or tool, and access to a number of relevant online resources.

 

 

Individual students and/or agency representatives can select courses and/or modules within courses to complete, depending on their interests. They can determine the pace which they will work through the material.

 

The majority of the SASTA courses are written for individual students, whether they are assigned the course by their agency or are working independently. An agency may choose to supplement its face-to-face staff/volunteer training program with these online courses, having its students work alone or together to complete the courses. In many modules, there is at least one activity that could be completed either through inperson and/or online discussions. In instances that an agency wishes its students to interact to promote knowledge and skill acquisition, a moderator from their agency could be assigned to monitor and guide the dialogue towards the learning goals.

 

A few courses are intended more for agency use than for individual students. Courses intended for agency use are indicated in the course introduction. Please see the SASTA Fact Sheet PDF for course introductions and descriptions.

 

 

Referencing and Reproduction of SASTA Materials

The non-commercial use and adaptation of written materials from SASTA courses to increase knowledge about sexual violence &/or to use as a supplement or guide to training or professional development is permitted. Please credit material referenced, used or adapted from these courses to the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information & Services (WVFRIS) (2012). However, note that Lifeline Handouts and Tools should be credited to the West Virginia Sexual Assault Free Environment (WV S.A.F.E.), a partnership of the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information & Services--WVFRIS, the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living & the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources (2010).

 

 

SASTA Project Funding

Creating the online Sexual Assault Services Training Academy was a major undertaking and involved financial support for various aspects of the project. The West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information & Services recognizes and appreciates the following grantors for their contributions and investment in this project: the West Virginia Division of Justice & Community Services (Grants #09-RAJ-73 and #10-VAW002), the Office on Violence Against Women (Grants # 2009-ES-S6-0020, # 2010-SW-AX-0044 and # 2008-WE-AX-0035) & the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources. The points of view & opinions expressed in the SASTA courses are those of the authors & do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State of West Virginia, the Division of Justice & Community Services or the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

 

 

SASTA-FactSheet

 

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SASTA Fact Sheet PDF

 

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SASTA-UsersGuide

 

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SASTA User's Guide PDF

 

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