Press Releases
January 12, 2004
 
New National Online Resource for Latina/o Survivors of Sexual Violence

AUSTIN, TX -- The U.S. Census Bureau reported in the year 2000 that 1 in 5 U.S. residents age 5 and older speak a language other than English at home.  This same report also noted a 62 percent increase in the number Spanish speakers from 17.3 million in 1990 to 28.1 million in the year 2000.

 

While the Spanish speaking Latino population continues to grow, many limited English proficient survivors fall through the cracks as victim service agencies attempt to balance budget reductions with increased demands. The resulting lack of accessible sexual assault victim services in Spanish has condemned countless families and individuals to ongoing trauma and re-victimization, and many bilingual victim service advocates to a constant state of over-extension.

 

Due to the many requests for service information from Latina survivors, Arte Sana decided to compile a list of sexual assault victim services available in Spanish across the nation.  The aim was to create a simple information access route for Latina/o victims of sexual assault who prefer or require services in Spanish.

 

The current Latina victim services listing in Spanish includes information submitted by 23 states, and a total of 68 rape crisis centers and programs from across the nation that offer services in Spanish, as well as additional service information from Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. This new historic resource was made possible through the cooperation of advocates from across the nation and beyond, and is an example of victim rights activism for it was created without any private or governmental financial support.  A heartfelt thank you to all who supported this effort and a special thank you to Shannon Cervenka, RN, BSN SANE-A Forensic Nurse Examiner, Sexual Assault Coordinator with the Riverside County Regional Medical Center for the valuable medical service information and form samples. 

 

With such varied victim service information that was shared, we found the need to synthesize the standard victim services into categories.  For formatting purposes we ask that future agencies submitting service information utilize the existing categories, in addition to any other services not currently included.  We encourage all state sexual assault coalition staff who know of service listing omissions to forward the link and information to any center/program that should be included.  The service information and the number of Spanish-speaking bilingual staff should be sent to artesanando@yahoo.com.

 

To access the online resource directory or add your own agency's information, you may visit: http://www.arte-sana.com/recursos.htm.

 

About Arte Sana

Arte Sana (art heals) is a nationwide organization dedicated to helping underserved survivors of racial and gender-based violence. As a 501(c)3 non-profit group based in Austin, TX, Arte Sana promotes healing and empowerment through the arts and community education. Founded in 2001, Arte Sana believes that violence risk reduction programs and services must be culturally competent and linguistically appropriate and are committed to the value of indigenous leadership and collaboration sin fronteras (without borders).

Arte Sana is also a member of the Alianza Latina en Contra la Agresión Sexual or ALAS, (Latina Alliance Against Sexual Aggression), a national Latina advocate resource-sharing group united in a major goal: to help make risk reduction and victim service information more accessible to Spanish-speaking Latina/os in the U.S.

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