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I. What Community Members Need to Know
II. Conducting a Community Notification
III. Managing Sex Offenders
IV. The Role of the Community
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Support for Victims

Ensuring support for victims of sexual assault who may be meeting participants is vital. Always assume that when you convene any type of community gathering on this topic, there will be those in the group who have been victims of sexual assault. This experience should be openly acknowledged by the trainers ("I know that some of you in this room may have experienced sexual assault yourselves, and the reason you are here is to try to prevent others from having that same experience."). Every effort should be made to validate the input of those who choose to speak out from that experience. In the event that the training triggers emotional responses, we suggest arrangements be made for someone to be present who is qualified to work with sexual assault victims and their loved ones. Ideally, this would be a victim advocate from a local sexual assault program, to allow for follow-up services, if needed.