06/17/2021 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST



Shelby Philips (she/her/hers), Program & Communications Coordinator, ValorUS


Sarah Orton (she/her/hers), Project Coordinator, ValorUS


Substance use and dependency is frequently a factor for people who experience sexual violence and for many, the use of drugs and alcohol is often a coping mechanism following a sexual assault. Anti-sexual violence advocates and substance abuse professionals can better work at these intersections and address the underlying causes of related social issues by working in tandem with one another. With the aligned goal of supporting populations who are often marginalized, underresourced and face social stigma, this web conference is intended to address the intersection between sexual violence and substance use and abuse. Additionally, this web conference will provide a roadmap for both sectors to bridge the gaps and build lasting and meaningful relationships with one another. 


The Collective Power to Eradicate Sexual Violence: 

Web Conference Series for Community Partners

June & July 2021

ValorUS is committed to community centered approaches to eradicating sexual violence. By building the skills of local providers and bridging with local sexual assault programs, we can prevent and reduce generations of trauma and related social ills. We are excited to offer our annual Summer Workshop Series for Community Partners who encounter sexual assault survivors among their clients/consumers. Leveraging our collective power, these web conferences are grounded in ValorUS’ Collective Power: A Practical Blueprint for Sexual Assault Programs to Create Community Partnerships and Collaborations, a roadmap to create, foster, and sustain partnerships and collaborations between rape crisis centers/dual agencies, and organizations and sectors allied with our anti-sexual violence movement.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the intersections between sexual violence and substance use and highlight the importance of a multisector approach
  • Identify strategies and areas for collaboration between organizations supporting individuals through substance dependency and rape crisis centers.
  • Describe how strong cross sector partnerships increase connection to the community and establish a safety net for vulnerable populations.


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