Outcry Response is a book about sexual abuse for educators and administrators of all private and public learning institutions, organizations, and nontraditional settings. How to listen, respond, report, and recognize the often-disturbing signs of sexual abuse are noted for the purpose of building confidence as a mandated reporter. Survivors need responses of compassion, support, empathy, and recognition for their courage since the sexual assault was not their fault. Many survivors, past offenders, educators, and related agency personnel have assisted in describing the aftermath of sexual abuse and how educators can help. Compassion fatigue and exhaustion can lead a listener to inadvertently react with shock, shaming, repulsion, or silence. The solution is self-care with definitions and options provided in Outcry Response Trauma informed research and practices have made mandatory reporting, open communication, and safer campuses much more manageable. This wonderful book provides a variety of examples of trauma informed responses within educationally based scenarios of sexual abuse. The Department of Education websites for all fifty states and community programs enumerated within Outcry Response provide our educators and administrators with numerous resources about sexual abuse to use in their primary role of compassionately educating students of all ages.
About the Author
Kathleen Davis has been a nurse, counselor, educator, speaker, volunteer, and survivor. She applies a broad base of experience, understanding, and best practices related to sexual abuse prevention and reporting. With fifty years of experience, she promotes an atmosphere of learning related to the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.