Native Americans silently experience sexual assault at three times the rate of any other U.S. population. Indigenous Connections offers outreach, advocacy and support to Native American victims of sexual and domestic violence and their families. Tribal collaborations, support groups and educational services are provided throughout the Fox Valley.
The Hispanic/Latino population is the fastest-growing group in the Fox Valley. Many adults immigrating to this area initially speak little to no English. This language barrier hinders understanding the legal and judicial processes. Reach’s Latina Outreach advocate provides education, advocacy, and translation services to Latino victims of sexual and domestic violence and their families.
Outreach & Advocacy to Youth
The rates of violence and abuse continue to grow in our local schools. Reach collaborates with Neenah/Menasha, Oshkosh and other school districts in Winnebago County to provide outreach, response and support to youth in need of these services. Issues including, sexual harassment, sexting, school violence, and human trafficking are all concerns with which our youth are dealing. The Youth Advocate will conduct support groups, provide outreach and response to those youth in need. Referrals come through the local school districts.
The average age of entry into the commercial sex industry is just 12 years old. Often lured by promises of love and acceptance, youth are easy targets for traffickers, and leaving becomes a dangerous and frightening endeavor. Reach’s anti-trafficking advocate works with law enforcement, prosecutors and victims to provide response, outreach, support and advocacy services. The Anti-trafficking advocate works with the Youth advocate to provide targeted outreach and education to vulnerable and at-risk students throughout Winnebago County using evidence-based curriculum developed to address the growing problem of trafficking among this student population.
LGBTQ Support Group
In partnership with Diverse & Resilient, Reach offers an LGBTQ support group for individuals who have experienced violence and/or abuse. As a marginalized group, the LGBTQ population within the Fox Valley experiences a higher rate of trauma resulting from abuse. This support group provides a safe space for discussion, support and healing.