Culturally responsive care involves developing an awareness and sensitivity to ways intersecting cultural identities affect a person’s experience of sexual violence. Intersectionality examines how cultural identities (age/generation, race, nationality, gender, gender identity, disability, language, SES, sexual orientation, etc.) influence a person’s experiences and behaviors. When examining responses to sexual violence, organizations must examine barriers to care and the unique dynamics for sexual assault survivors from historically marginalized and excluded communities. For instance, cultural betrayal trauma theory examines within-group violence and trauma that violates intracultural trust (Gómez, 2012; 2015; 2016; 2019). Victims of cultural betrayal trauma often report experiencing intracultural pressures, such as denying their experiences and hesitancy to disclosure their violence. Integrating social justice into our work is essential and ethical. This session will discuss the sociocultural power dynamics organizations must consider in working with minoritized and historically excluded individuals and communities to facilitate community healing.


Dr. Apryl Alexander

Area of Focus

Advocacy and Intervention for Survivors