Trauma experts argue that the COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to result in a crisis of psychological trauma (Barbash, 2020; Salas, 2020). In addition to coronavirus-related trauma, racially minoritized survivors are navigating the disproportionate impacts of both sexual and racial trauma. As a result, racially minoritized survivors are navigating cumulative trauma at higher rates than white counterparts. To prioritize the needs of racially minoritized survivors, Grace Poon Ghaffari, Assistant Director of the SARA Office, created the following policy brief. This brief invites higher education leaders & policymakers and sexual violence educators, advocates, & counselors to center the needs and realities of racially minoritized survivors, especially in the midst of COVID-19:
In addition, take a look at the resources below to address the impacts of COVID-19, in regards to sexual/relationship violence. We will be updating this page regularly.
Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook: A Tool to Help You Build Resilience During Difficult Times (source: thewellnesssociety.org)
Understanding Trauma and Sexual Violence During COVID-19 (~1.25 hours; San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women)
- COVID-19 and Sexual Health (National Coalition for Sexual Health; fact sheets & webinar)
- Relationships and Sexual Health During COVID-19 (Cal Poly Campus Health and Wellbeing)
- A Snapshot of Domestic Violence During COVID-19 (National Domestic Violence Hotline, June 5, 2020)
- Asian American Feminist Antibodies (care in the time of coronavirus) (Asian American Feminist Collective & Bluestockings NYC Collab)
- "Survivors of Sexual Violence Continue to Voice Safety Concerns Due to COVID-19" (RAINN, May 28, 2020)
- Coronavirus restrictions highlight LGBTQ domestic abuse crisis (NBC News, April 17, 2020)
National Resources for Sexual/Relationship Violence & COVID-19
COVID-19 and Domestic Violence (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
Resources for COVID-19 Response (National Sexual Violence Resource Center)
Staying Safe During COVID-19 (National Domestic Violence Hotline)
Help for Survivors, Communities and DV/SA Programs (FUTURES Without Violence)
The SARA Office remains open for remote support & engagement during normal business hours. For more information, take a look at our letter sent to our community regarding COVID-19 changes.