Section 2: Understanding Sexual Assault from a Victim’s Perspective
4 Hours, 40 Minutes

(5 minutes)

There is a great deal to understand about the experience of sexual victimization, and though we have spent substantial time on the topic, we have in no way exhausted it. It serves as a reminder of why working with victim advocates is so important, since they are the experts in this field and bring a unique and necessary perspective to the management of offenders.

In the next section, we will be talking about strategies for working with victims and victim advocates, such as anticipating what some of their needs might be in relation to the supervision process and how we can meet those needs while keeping our focus on our own work.

This might be a good time to remind everyone to pay attention to your own reactions to this material. Many of us have experiences in our past that can be triggered by these discussions, and it is important to notice them and talk about them if that is what we need to do. Working with sex offenders and sexual assault victims is very difficult, and it is important that each of us take care of ourselves in order to be able to continue to do our work well.

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